ly abstained from invading the State, or posting troops on the border, pending the election, but now cannot close its ears to the demand you have made for assistance.
I have ordered troops to cross the river.
They come as your friends and brothers—as enemies only to the armed rebels that are preying upon you.
He pledged a religious respect for property rights, and not only non-interference with slaves, but an iron hand to crush any servile insurrection.
On the same date he ordered Col. B. F. Kelley, commanding the First Virginia infantry (U. S.) at Wheeling, to move toward Fairmount, supported by the Sixteenth Ohio from Bellaire, while the Fourteenth and Eighteenth Ohio, and a battery, were sent toward Grafton from Parkersburg.
The troops from the northwest promptly repaired the bridges en route and occupied Grafton May 30th, the force from Parkersburg meeting with greater difficulties which delayed it.
Before this invasion by three or four thousand well-armed men, Colonel Po