To the People of Western Virginia. The Army of the Confederate States has come among you to to (sic) expel the enemy, to rescue the people from the despotism of the counterfeit State Government imposed on you by Northern bayonets, and to restore the country once more to its natural allegiance to the State... Broadside. Civil War, Confederate.

To the People of Western Virginia. The Army of the Confederate States has come among you to to (sic) expel the enemy, to rescue the people from the despotism of the counterfeit State Government imposed on you by Northern bayonets, and to restore the country once more to its natural allegiance to the State... Broadside.

Charleston: Headquarters, Dept. of Western Virginia, 1862. A scarce Confederate broadside, signed by Major General Loring, proudly proclaiming protection for the citizens of West Virginia by the occupying Confederate troops and declaring martial law "in the absence of municipal law and its customary ministers".

The broadside is printed in two sections, with the top section serving as the notification to citizens of West Virginia, and its expectation of their "immediate and enthusiastic response" by signing up to serve in the Confederate Army.

The lower portion is a General Order congratulating the Army on "the brilliant march from the Southwest to this place in one week..." It cites victories over the enemy at Fayette C. H., Cotton Hill and Charleston, and commends Commanders for their gallantry and patriotic devotion. It is issued from Head Quarters, Charleston, Va, September 14, 1862, and signed, in print, at end, Maj. Gen. Loring. H. Fitzhugh, Chief of Staff.

6 1/2 x 13", with wide margins. Slight marginal browning. OCLC: 17252810. Item #10501

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