HQ 1st Reg, 1st Div, Dep’t West Va.
Clarksburg WVa April 18 1865 . .
L??? Jas. P. Wilkinson
In obedience to verbal orders of the Colonel Commanding Brigade, I inspected Capt. Wyant’s[sic] company of state scouts, while at Glenville Gilmore Co WVa on the 9th inst.
|Morning Reports as follows _ Vig:|
|Present For Inspection||17|
|At Home (in Ritchie Co) since Ap’l 20/65||2|
|Scouting on Sandy Fork||4|
|New Recruits, not armed or equipped, have been|
at home since they enlisted (March 1865)
|At home (one mile from Glenville) since April 2nd 65||1|
|F. H. Townsend, has been home since April 8th 65|
The members of the company will not permit him
To come into camp.
|Total ??? Absent||33|
This company has been organized since May 1864, has no regular quarters, men are scattere’d [sic] about town, under no discipline drill or system of military instruction. Arms & Recoutriments(?) very dirty.
From the general appearance of the command, I deem it a worthless organization unless it be placed in some state of discipline and under some system of military instructions. Capt Todd 17th ?? Infy, says, “When he arrived at Glenville he found the Company quartered in the Court House and about Twenty men present, their quarters were ver dirty and unhealthy.
The citizens complain of their passing houses frequently and unnecessarily and commiting other depridations.
I am Lriuh(??) and Respectfully,
Your Obd’t Serv’t
Chas. F. A. Yahrling
Capt and Inspector
Transcription by Brandon Shuping, undergraduate student enrolled in Dr. Billy Joe Peyton’s Fall 2010 “Introduction to Public History” at West Virginia State University
Militia Box 5, Folder 10