ively were required to assemble forthwith, for organization and service; and, only three days later
May 6th.--still seventeen days prior to that on which the people were to vote for or against Secession — the State was formally admitted into and incorporated with the Confederacy, and Gen. Robert E. Lee
Late a Colonel of Cavalry in the U. S. regular Army. put in chief command of the Confederate forces in Virginia — by this time, largely swelled by arrivals from South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and other Rebel States.
The people of West Virginia, thus summoned, in the name of their State, to fight against the country they loved for a Rebellion they abhorred, saw the toils closing fast around them, and realized that they must awake and resist, or they would soon be helpless under the feet of their betrayers.
Rebel officers, appointed from Richmond, were busily at work, enlisting and mustering their young men for the uses of treason, under the guise of obedience to lawful and c