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Child of the Rebellion: West Virginia Sesquicentennial
Civil War Union Militia Correspondence

Steer Creek Wet [sic] V
F.P. Pierpoint, Esq.

Dear sir, After my best respects to you, I beg leaf to inquire what disposition has been made with Those frisianers [sic] in Gilmer Co and held as hostages. a gaints [sic] others taken at Tray Gilmer Co, by the Rebbles [sic] and taken [?] , has their bein [sic] Petition sent to the governor Barman [sic], by The Troy home guard as I understand they intended to do in order to their release and what disposition has been made of their case. I take this liberty to ask for information, as I feel intended in the disposition made of their case, as all union men on the border are objected to a like Treatment. provided retaliation in this manner to be followed up I do hope I will be done for the general interest of our country. That the wisdom of our government can do. Whitch [sic] I have the utmost confidence will be. Will be you so kind as to inform me at your reception of this letter as your earliest opportunity. as I am particularly interested in the release of one. of one, [?] stump, as he is my neighbor and during, the war has been at home regularly attentive to his [?] as a citizen. At the time of the arrest he was at Troy Gilmer Co, having went their to steam mile with grain to get graun [sic] for his father and others in the neighborhood and while their the Rebbles [sic] march their said upon that place and he being their was arrested I made this statement for your information. perhaps you in passion of all this , information and other things connected with the same. As a friend pleas [sic] please answer my inquires as far as consisting with your position yours respectfully,

John Bennett
Oct 16. 1863

F.P. Pear point [sic]
Wheeling, West. va.

Direct yours Webbos [sic] Mills
Richie [sic] co. west. Va
If any thing can be done for his release with [sic] other. held for the same. Please inform me.

Transcription by Chad Story, undergraduate student enrolled in Dr. Billy Joe Peyton’s Fall 2010 “Introduction to Public History” at West Virginia State University

Militia Box 05, Folder 15

West Virginia Archives and History