the loyalists were organizing a regiment under Colonel B. F. Kelley
The men were wretchedly provided for, having nothing but muskets; but they did good service before the end of summer.
On the 26th of May, intelligence was received at Camp Dennison
that the enemy were advancing from Grafton
, for the purpose of destroying the railroad.
at once telegraphed to Colonel Kelley
to move his regiment (since known as the First Virginia) early the next day along the line of railroad towards Fairmount
, in order to prevent any further destruction of the bridges and to protect the repair of those already injured.
regiments, under Colonels Irwin
, were also directed to cross over into Virginia
, one to cooperate with Colonel Kelley
and the other to occupy Parkersburg
On the same day, General McClellan
issued the following proclamation and address:--