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The following letter from Jacob D. Cox dated December 11, 1861 at Charleston, Virginia, to Adjutant General H.J. Samuels in Wheeling, Virginia, offers insight into war conditions in Chapmanville, Logan County.
Charleston, Va. 11 Dec 1861
Geo. W. Workman, residing at Chapmansville, Logan Co. is represented to me by reliable parties as a reliable loyal man, & I have confidence in the representation. He desires authority to raise a company of home guards to protect that vicinity when marauding bands are doing mischief from time to time. Will you please give such authority as may be needed to enable him to organize a company & get it armed etc.
Your obedient servant,
Source: Adjutant Generals’ Papers, Union Militia 1861-1865, Ar 373, Letters, Logan County. West Virginia State Archives, The Culture Center, Charleston, WV.
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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Francis M. White, who resided at Logan Court House in Logan County, West Virginia:
Is now engaged in merchandising and farming in Logan county, owning a large store and residence at Logan C.H., and a valuable farm in the neighborhood. He has held several important offices of trust, among them that of deputy sheriff of Logan county for three terms; was postmaster at Logan C.H. for eight years, besides many others, all of which he filled honorably and with an efficiency that proves how fully he merits the confidence of his fellow citizens. At the age of 18 he enlisted as sergeant of Co. I, 7th W.Va. Cav., U.S.A., and served most gallantly from 1862, the date of his enlistment, until 1865, when he was honorably discharged and mustered out at Wheeling, W.Va. After the close of the war of the rebellion, against which his service had been rendered, he returned to his native county, and was there married to Miss Mary Riffe, July 25, 1866. Of this union the following are the issue: Sarah, born July 23, 1867, died Oct. 14, 1875; Mary M., born Oct. 4, 1868, died March 23, 1869; Carlos B., born Jan. 3, 1870, resides with his parents; Bilton, born Sept. 17, 1871, died Oct. 11, 1875; Cora, born July 12, 1875, resides with her parents; Janette, born Nov. 20, 1877, resides with her parents; Bertha, born Aril 13, 1879, resides with her parents; Millard, born Sept. 23, 1882, resides with his parents; James, born Set. 3, 1885. The father was born July 26, 1844; the mother Nov. 15, 1841. Mr. White is a descendant of an old and honorable family that has for many years been looked up to as leaders on account of their sterling worth and strong influence. The subject of this sketch is one of the most popular citizens of Logan co. Besides the business above spoken of, he is engaged in the management of his other valuable estate.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 845.
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