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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 16. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A Narrative of the service of Colonel Geo. A. Porterfield in Northwestern Virginia in 1861-1861, (search)
events, it was not a part of their programme then to send troops from the eastern part of the State. This is proven by the following correspondence between Hon. G. W. Summers, member of the Virginia Convention, and Governor Letcher. (Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume I, page 457.) [Extract.] Kanawha Courthouse, May river is fordable in the summer and fall at many points, and the whole river, from Sandy to the end of Hancock, is easily crossed. Your obedient servant, Geo. W. Summers. Executive Department, May 10, 1861. My Dear Sir,—Your favor of the 3d has been received. * * * Arms have been sent to the volunteer companies, but no troops have been, or will be, sent from this part of the State. * * * * * * I remain, respectfully yours, John Letcher. To Hon. G. W. Summers. I had been in Grafton and vicinity but a few days before I ascertained the real condition of the country, and informed General Lee of the same by letter and by verbal messages. The