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y 15, 1861 Second Wheeling convention meets at Washington Hall, Wheeling, June 11, 1861; adopts a declaration of rights, June 13; an ordinance to reorganize the State government, June 19; and elects Francis H. Pierpont governor......June 20, 1861 General Rosecrans defeats Confederates under Gen. R. S. Garnett, in the battle of Rich Mountain......July 11, 1861 Battle of Carnifex Ferry; Confederates under Gen. H. A. Wise attacked by Federals under Rosecrans......Sept. 10, 1861 General Reynolds repulses Confederates under Lee in battle at Cheat Mountain......Sept. 12-14, 1861 Convention at Wheeling passes an ordinance to form a new State in western Virginia called Kanawha, Aug. 20, 1861; ordinance ratified by popular vote of 18,408 to 781......Oct. 24, 1861 Federals burn Guyandotte......Nov. 11, 1861 Constitution for a new State, named West Virginia, framed by convention which meets at Wheeling, Nov. 26, 1861, and completes its labors, Feb. 18; constitution ratified b
ary of Pennsylvania is the meridian 5 degrees west of the Delaware. Virginia in ceding to the United States lands beyond the Ohio, in 1784, reserved a strip about 70 miles long upon the Ohio west of Pennsylvania, now known as the Panhandle......March 1, 1784 General Assembly directs the establishment of Morgantown......October, 1785 Wheeling laid out in town lots by Col. Ebenezer Zane......1793 Charleston created by act of legislature......Dec. 19, 1794 Aaron Burr visits Herman Blennerhassett at his island in the Ohio, 2 miles below Parkersburg......1805 First steamboat on the Great Kanawha, the Robert Thompson, ascends the river from Point Pleasant to Red House shoals......1819 John Brown, seeking to free the slaves, captures Harper's Ferry......Oct. 16-17, 1859 Petroleum discovered at Burning Springs, on the north bank of the Kanawha......1860 First public Union meeting in West Virginia, declaring against secession, held at Preston......Nov. 12, 1860 For
, now known as the Panhandle......March 1, 1784 General Assembly directs the establishment of Morgantown......October, 1785 Wheeling laid out in town lots by Col. Ebenezer Zane......1793 Charleston created by act of legislature......Dec. 19, 1794 Aaron Burr visits Herman Blennerhassett at his island in the Ohio, 2 miles below Parkersburg......1805 First steamboat on the Great Kanawha, the Robert Thompson, ascends the river from Point Pleasant to Red House shoals......1819 John Brown, seeking to free the slaves, captures Harper's Ferry......Oct. 16-17, 1859 Petroleum discovered at Burning Springs, on the north bank of the Kanawha......1860 First public Union meeting in West Virginia, declaring against secession, held at Preston......Nov. 12, 1860 Forty-six delegates from what is now West Virginia, vote on the ordinance of secession; 9 for, 29 against; seven are absent, one excused......April 17, 1861 Garrison at Harper's Ferry burn the arsenal and flee int
and of settlers pursuing Indians under Kill Buck are hemmed in between mountain and river, and obliged to retreat with loss of half their number......spring of 1756 Massacre of the garrison of Fort Seybert, 12 miles from site of Franklin, by Indians......May, 1758 Romney laid out and named by Lord Fairfax......November, 1762 Capt. William Arbuckle, the first white man to traverse the Kanawha Valley, reaches the site of Point Pleasant.......1764 English exploring expedition under Co about 4 miles from Moundsville......Sept. 25, 1777 Fort Henry unsuccessfully besieged by Indians under Simon Girty......Sept. 27-28, 1777 Cornstalk, Shawnee chief, murdered at Point Pleasant......Nov. 10, 1777 Fort Randolph besieged by Indians......May, 1778 Attack by the Indians on Donnally's Fort, 10 miles northwest of Lewisburg......May, 1778 By grant of William Penn in 1681, the western boundary of Pennsylvania is the meridian 5 degrees west of the Delaware. Virginia in ce
d classical academy at Buckhannon opened......1882 West Virginia Immigration and Development Association organized at Wheeling......Feb. 29, 1888 Returns of election for governor in November, 1888, were: Nathan Goff, Republican, 78,714; A. B. Fleming, Democrat, 78,604. Fleming contests for fraudulent returns, and is declared elected by a party vote of the legislature, 43 to 40......Feb. 4, 1890 Hatfield-McCoy feud ended by a marriage......March 21, 1891 First State board of agriculFleming contests for fraudulent returns, and is declared elected by a party vote of the legislature, 43 to 40......Feb. 4, 1890 Hatfield-McCoy feud ended by a marriage......March 21, 1891 First State board of agriculture meets at Charleston......May 4, 1891 Stephen B. Elkins qualifies as United States Secretary of War......Dec. 24, 1891 Coal miners went on strike July 2, 1897 [Ended by compromise, Sept. 11.] Ex-Senator W. T. Willey dies at Morgantown......May 2, 1900 Ex-Postmaster-General William L. Wilson dies at Lexington, Va......Oct. 17, 1900 Wisconsin
g a triangle out of the northeastern portion. It lies between lat. 37° 5′ and 40° 37′ N., and long. 77° 4′ and 82° 40′ W. Its general boundary is Pennsylvania and Maryland on the north, Virginia on the east and south, and Kentucky and Ohio on the west. Area, 24,780 square miles in fifty-four counties. Population, 1890, 762,794; 1900, 958,800. Capital, Charleston. Harper's Ferry established as a ferry......1748 Baptist church formed at Opequon, Berkeley county, under charge of Rev. John Gerard, from New England......1754 Battle of the Trough, near Moorefield. A small band of settlers pursuing Indians under Kill Buck are hemmed in between mountain and river, and obliged to retreat with loss of half their number......spring of 1756 Massacre of the garrison of Fort Seybert, 12 miles from site of Franklin, by Indians......May, 1758 Romney laid out and named by Lord Fairfax......November, 1762 Capt. William Arbuckle, the first white man to traverse the Kanawha V
ch formed at Opequon, Berkeley county, under charge of Rev. John Gerard, from New England......1754 Battle of the Trough, near Moorefield. A small band of settlers pursuing Indians under Kill Buck are hemmed in between mountain and river, and obliged to retreat with loss of half their number......spring of 1756 Massacre of the garrison of Fort Seybert, 12 miles from site of Franklin, by Indians......May, 1758 Romney laid out and named by Lord Fairfax......November, 1762 Capt. William Arbuckle, the first white man to traverse the Kanawha Valley, reaches the site of Point Pleasant.......1764 English exploring expedition under Colonel Crogan descends the Ohio, encamping at West Columbia and Little Guyandotte River......May, 1765 George Washington, on a surveying expedition to the Ohio, passes through Romney......Oct. 9, 1770 Indians attack the crew of a trading canoe from Pittsburg on the Ohio, near Wheeling, killing one man, thus breaking a ten years truce, April 1
e Woods jury law of 1872-73......1881 Act passed establishing a State board of health......June 11, 1881 West Virginia normal and classical academy at Buckhannon opened......1882 West Virginia Immigration and Development Association organized at Wheeling......Feb. 29, 1888 Returns of election for governor in November, 1888, were: Nathan Goff, Republican, 78,714; A. B. Fleming, Democrat, 78,604. Fleming contests for fraudulent returns, and is declared elected by a party vote of the legislature, 43 to 40......Feb. 4, 1890 Hatfield-McCoy feud ended by a marriage......March 21, 1891 First State board of agriculture meets at Charleston......May 4, 1891 Stephen B. Elkins qualifies as United States Secretary of War......Dec. 24, 1891 Coal miners went on strike July 2, 1897 [Ended by compromise, Sept. 11.] Ex-Senator W. T. Willey dies at Morgantown......May 2, 1900 Ex-Postmaster-General William L. Wilson dies at Lexington, Va......Oct. 17, 1900 Wisconsin
h, at Point Pleasant, begun.......Oct. 10, 1774 John Harvie and John Nevill, chosen to represent western Virginia in the Virginia convention, are admitted to seats......March 21, 1775 Convention of Virginia frontiersmen west of the Alleghany Mountains at Pittsburg elects John Harvie and George Rodes delegates to Continental Congress......May 16, 1775 Tory insurrection under John Claypole, a resident of Hardy county, suppressed by troops under General Morgan......June, 1775 Captain Foreman and twenty-one men massacred by Indians about 4 miles from Moundsville......Sept. 25, 1777 Fort Henry unsuccessfully besieged by Indians under Simon Girty......Sept. 27-28, 1777 Cornstalk, Shawnee chief, murdered at Point Pleasant......Nov. 10, 1777 Fort Randolph besieged by Indians......May, 1778 Attack by the Indians on Donnally's Fort, 10 miles northwest of Lewisburg......May, 1778 By grant of William Penn in 1681, the western boundary of Pennsylvania is the meridian
ied by popular vote of 18,408 to 781......Oct. 24, 1861 Federals burn Guyandotte......Nov. 11, 1861 Constitution for a new State, named West Virginia, framed by convention which meets at Wheeling, Nov. 26, 1861, and completes its labors, Feb. 18; constitution ratified by popular vote of 18,862 to 514......April, 1862 General Assembly of reorganized Virginia at Wheeling assents to the erection of the new State of West Virginia......May 12, 1862 Harper's Ferry surrendered by Gen. Dixon H. Miles to Confederates under Stonewall Jackson......Sept. 15, 1862 Gen. J. A. J. Lightburn retreats through the Kanawha Valley, pursued by Confederates under General Loring......1862 Congress admits West Virginia into the Union from June 20, 1863......Dec. 31, 1862 Confederates under General Jones burn 100,000 barrels of petroleum at Burning Springs......May 9, 1863 Inauguration of new State government takes place at Wheeling......June 20, 1863 Supreme Court of Appeals organ
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