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

Br. Hager pleas[sic] State to the govener [sic] , and press the facts on his mind. That the trouble in my Co. was started for the purpos [sic] of presenting me from being in Mr. Benedicts way as Candidate for the legislature and it was was Seesed [sic] by the Baptist influence to injure me as A Methodist minister.___ Tell him that I had Room locked and in that my guns and commissary stores. The window was opened one knight [sic] and $20.00 worth of coffe [sic] stolen. and some other property clothing and afterward the lock was broke and whatever taken they, chase, and after, I had taken all that was left in to my own house.

Several items of cloathing[sic] was stole when my wife was absent only two hours…. The guns and accutriments[sic] lost were stolen all but 4 They ware Borrowed by Capt Smiths men and not returned. I have faithfully kept and recorded all as far [sic] as I could. and he must say whether I am to pay for them or not.. Do for me the best you can

R. Brooks

N.B. took Capt Richmonds Reciep [sic] for the guns. and [?] Turned over to him

R. Hager

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

Militia Box 10, Folder 24

West Virginia Archives and History