themselves in compliance with the call of Governor Letcher
, and to take command of them.
His command was confined to the counties of Wetzel
, Marshall, Ohio
, with special duty to protect the terminus of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad.
At the same time Maj. F. M. Boykin, Jr.
, at Weston
, was directed by General Lee
to muster volunteer companies into the service of the State
, and posting his command at or near Grafton
, to co-operate with Major Loring
in holding both branches of the railroad for the benefit of Maryland
These officers were directed to give quiet and security to the inhabitants of the country, and also to facilitate peaceful travel.
Two hundred old pattern flintlock muskets were the only arms with which General Lee
was able to supply these important forces.
Lieut.-Col. John McCausland
was given similar duties in the valley of the Kanawha
, and Col. C. Q. Tompkins
, of Charleston
, was assigned to command.
Col. George Porterfield
was directed to repair to Grafton
and select positions for the troops in that section so as to cover the points liable to attack.
The call for troops to assemble at Grafton
was made on the counties of Braxton
, Monongahela, Taylor
, Upshaw, Tucker
The volunteers from Wood
, Pleasant and Doddridge
were to rendezvous at Parkersburg
Lieuts. J. G. Gittings
and W. E. Kemble
were ordered to report to Porterfield
Col. Jubal A. Early
was ordered to Lynchburg
to organize and command the forces at that point, and Col. Thomas J. Jackson
, who was at Harper's Ferry
, was notified to watch the threatening movements of the enemy, to occupy and use the Baltimore & Ohio railroad and the Chesapeake
& Ohio canal
. Lieut.-Col. John Echols
was placed in command at Staunton
, about the same time, with two regiments of infantry.
Thus it appears that so far as Governor Letcher