have found himself speedily justified, for ten days later came Manassas
Previous to the active operations which we have described, the Federal
commanders had sent out various parties to break up meetings of citizens supposed to be in the interests of Virginia
, or for the formation of military commands.
Col. Lew Wallace
, of Indiana
, stationed at Cumberland, Md.
, engaged in such an enterprise June 13th.
The people of Hampshire county
were loyal to the Southern
This county was on the border line, and suffered untold troubles and horrors during the war then beginning.
It would take volumes to contain all that was done and suffered for the Southland by the men and the women and the children of this county during the following four years. When the convention at Richmond
passed the ordinance of secession, a meeting of citizens of Romney
, the county seat, was held on the 27th of April and patriotic resolutions were passed, calling upon the people to prepare for the worst, and a committee of safety was appointed to look out for the public good.
The county prepared for war, meetings were held, men enlisted, money was subscribed to equip volunteers and pay the men, and the county court appropriated $10,000 to be expended under the supervision of a committee appointed for the purpose.
Hearing of this and that some Virginia
militia were drilling at Romney
, Colonel Wallace
made a descent upon that place, June 13th, with 500 Indianians, and reported that he put to rout not only all the military but the inhabitants of the town, including women and children, and captured among others ‘Maj. Isaac Vandever
, a gentleman who, from accounts, has been very active in exciting rebellion, organizing troops, and impressing loyal citizens.’
No town in the South
, except perhaps Winchester
, 40 miles away, had a record surpassing that of the town of Romney
, in regard to the