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


Cincinnati 29 July 61

Gov. Pierpoint[sic]
Your Excellency

We have reliable information this morning – that Wise has retreated from the Kanawha Valley – I shall leave Gallipolis to morrow[sic] evening on my way to ther[sic] – You are fully aware of the misfortune of organizing civil as well as military government in that region, Promptly, will you have the [illegible] to forward an authentic copy of [unreadable] recent enactments touching the reorganized in its important features with authority to some one[sic] who can to carry them out – I am unable to point out specifically, the individual best qualified to swear in political offices and to lead our police forces – When I shall have investigated the statutes of our remaining Union Forces, I would no doubt point out the right men. Could you furnish commissions in blank?

I shall love no time in setting on foot the military communications – and will communicate from time to time information deemed important.-

Please direct your communications through W.H. Langley Gallipolis Ohio

Yours Very Respfy[sic]
L. Ruffner

My [illegible] in Kanawha Salines V.a.

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


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