throughout the county by these bands of men pretending to gather up public property, and issued an address to all the people, calling on them to abide by the laws; the sheriff was also ordered to go on with the collection of taxes.
Many men of the soldier element were still in a state of uncertainty as to what to do.
On the 29th, about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, some 800 Federal soldiers marched into Staunton
and went into camp near the city.
They were very quiet and disturbed no one. Generals Rosser
and William L. Jackson
, who were in Staunton
, left in the morning of that day. On Monday, May 1st, the Federal
provost marshal commenced paroling soldiers of the Confederacy
, more offering for parole than could be accommodated.
Large numbers of negroes collected at the Federal
, with a few followers, left for the southwest of the Valley
on the morning of the 2d, and the Federal
troops left Staunton
, returning toward Winchester
On Monday, May 8th, many of the citizens of Augusta county
met in Staunton
, declaring that armed resistance had ceased in Augusta county
and that the only way to make the laws conform to those of the United States
was, from necessity, to call a convention of the State of Virginia
, on the basis of the members of the house of delegates, and recommending the appointment of a committee to go to Richmond
and ascertain whether the Federal
authorities would allow such a body to meet and deliberate.
Gen. John B. Baldwin
endorsed the resolutions, in forcible and patriotic remarks, and they were unanimously adopted, and the chairman was authorized to appoint the committee.
This action by this influential county and the able committee named to represent it, finally led to the appointment of a committee of nine, representing the whole State, that had much to do in securing the political rehabilitation of Virginia
and her ultimate restoration to the Union