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The Civil War in West Virginia
Philippi
Battle of Rich Mountain
Harpers Ferry
Battle of Corrick's Ford
First Wheeling Convention
Battle of Cheat Mountain
John Brown
Battle of Harpers Ferry
Second Wheeling Convention
West Virginia Constitutional Convention
January 21, 1824 Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson born, Clarksburg, Virginia (today, West Virginia). West Virginia
Virginia
December 2, 1859 John Brown is hung in Charleston, Virginia (present-day West Virginia) for the raid on Harper's Ferry Virginia
West Virginia
  John Brown
November 12, 1860 In Preston County, Western Virginia holds its first organizational meeting, expressing a desire to "adhere to the Union". West Virginia
  First Wheeling Convention
January 1, 1861 A pro-Union meeting in Parkersburg (now West Virginia) resolves that "secession is revolution." West Virginia
  First Wheeling Convention
January 24, 1861 Lucy, a female slave from Wheeling who fled to Cleveland, Ohio, is returned to her owner. She is the last slave to be returned under the Fugitive Slave Law West Virginia
April 18, 1861 Federal forces withdraw from Harpers Ferry West Virginia
Virginia
  Harpers Ferry
April 19, 1861 Virginia forces take control of Harpers Ferry West Virginia
Virginia
  Harpers Ferry
April 20, 1861 Guyandotte calls for the state to approve the actions of the Virginia legislature West Virginia
  First Wheeling Convention
April 22, 1861 The Clarksburg (present-day West Virginia) Convention calls for a anti-secessionist convention to be held in May, 1861 West Virginia
  First Wheeling Convention
May 1, 1861 Robert E. Lee orders Stonewall Jackson to remove the weapons and equipment from the arsenal at Harpers Ferry West Virginia
Virginia
  Harpers Ferry
  Robert E. Lee
  Stonewall Jackson
May 13, 1861
May 15, 1861
The First Wheeling Convention West Virginia
  First Wheeling Convention
May 28, 1861 Confederates seize the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from Point of Rocks to Cumberland Maryland
West Virginia
  Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
June 3, 1861 Battle of Philippi

First land engagement of the Civil War between American and Confederate forces
West Virginia
Virginia
  George McClellan
  Philippi
  Operations in Western Virginia
  Civil War Firsts
June 4, 1861 Delegates to the Second Wheeling Convention are selected. West Virginia
  Second Wheeling Convention
June 11, 1861
June 25, 1861
First session of the Second Wheeling Convention West Virginia
  Second Wheeling Convention
June 23, 1861 Thomas Jackson destroys 42 engines and nearly 400 cars of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Martinsburg, Virginia Virginia
West Virginia
  Stonewall Jackson
  Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
July 11, 1861 Battle of Rich Mountain West Virginia
  George McClellan
  Operations in Western Virginia
  Battle of Rich Mountain
  William S. Rosecrans
July 13, 1861 Battle of Corrick's Ford

While directing his rear guard General Robert Garnett is shot and dies minutes later. He is the first general to die during the Civil War
West Virginia
  George McClellan
  Battle of Corrick's Ford
  Civil War Firsts
July 17, 1861 Battle of Scary Creek West Virginia
  George McClellan
August 6, 1861 Second Session of the Second Wheeling Convention is called to order West Virginia
  Second Wheeling Convention
August 20, 1861 The pro-Union Second Wheeling Convention calls for the creation of the state of Kanawha West Virginia
  Second Wheeling Convention
September 10, 1861 Battle of Carnifax Ferry

General William Rosecrans [US] defeats General John Floyd [CS]
West Virginia
  Operations in Western Virginia
  John Floyd
  William S. Rosecrans
  Rutherford B. Hayes
September 12, 1861
September 15, 1861
Battle of Cheat Mountain

Other names: Cheat Summit, Fort Milroy

Joseph Reynolds [US] defeats Robert E. Lee [CS]
West Virginia
  Operations in Western Virginia
  Robert E. Lee
  Battle of Cheat Mountain
October 11, 1861 William S. Rosecrans assumes command of the Federal Department of Western Virginia West Virginia
  William S. Rosecrans
October 24, 1861 People of West Virginia vote overwhelmingly in favor of creating a new state as spelled out by the Wheeling Convention West Virginia
November 26, 1861 West Virginia Constitutional Convention convenes in Wheeling West Virginia
December 7, 1861 Stonewall Jackson destroys the West Virginia side of Dam Number 5 on the Potomac River, disrupting the C&O Canal and impacting the Union's ability to repair the B&O Railroad. Maryland
West Virginia
  Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
  Attack on Dam Number 5
  Stonewall Jackson
December 13, 1861 Battle of Camp Allegany

West Virginia
  Operations in Western Virginia
January 4, 1862 Jackson takes Bath (now West Virginia) West Virginia
  Romney Campaign
  Stonewall Jackson
January 6, 1862 Stonewall Jackson shells Hancock, MD for 2 days from the West Virginia side of the Potomac West Virginia
  Romney Campaign
  Stonewall Jackson
January 10, 1862 Federal forces under "Old Ben" Kelley withdraw from Romney West Virginia
  Romney Campaign
  Stonewall Jackson
January 14, 1862 Confederates under Stonewall Jackson take Romney West Virginia
  Romney Campaign
  Stonewall Jackson
February 7, 1862 Jackson withdraws from Romney and returns to Winchester West Virginia
  Romney Campaign
  Stonewall Jackson
February 18, 1862 West Virginia Constitutional Convention adopts the first constitution of the state of West Virginia West Virginia
  West Virginia Constitutional Convention
July 14, 1862 U. S. Senate passes a bill creating West Virginia West Virginia
September 13, 1862 W. W. Loring advances down the Kanawha Valley. Federal forces evacuate Charleston. West Virginia
September 19, 1862
September 20, 1862
Skirmishes at Shepherdstown, Ashby's Gap, Williamsport, and Hagerstown, as Confederates under A. P. Hill covered the retreat of the Army of Northern Virginia from Sharpsburg. Lee would keep a heavy cavalry presence in the area until October. Maryland
Virginia
West Virginia
  Antietam
  A. P. Hill
  Army of Northern Virginia
October 1, 1862 Abraham Lincoln visits Harper's Ferry on his way to Antietam Virginia
West Virginia
  Abraham Lincoln
December 10, 1862 U. S. House passes a bill allowing the creation of the state of West Virginia West Virginia
December 31, 1862 Lincoln signs the act approving admission to the United States for West Virginia West Virginia
February 12, 1863 West Virginia's constitutional convention reconvenes following Congress's request that certain wording (about slaves) be modified. West Virginia
  West Virginia Constitutional Convention
February 17, 1863 West Virginia approves a revised state constitution West Virginia
March 26, 1863 West Virginia voters overwhelmingly approve the new state constitution West Virginia
April 20, 1863 Lincoln proclaims that West Virginia would join the Union on June 20, 1863 West Virginia
  Abraham Lincoln
June 20, 1863 West Virginia becomes the 35th state to enter the United States, but the first to enter where the terms slave and free no longer mattered West Virginia
  Civil War Firsts
July 4, 1863 The West Virginia flag is introduced. This is the final Union flag of the Civil War West Virginia
  Flags of the Civil War
November 6, 1863 Battle of Droop Mountain

General William Averill [US] defeats General John Echols [CS]
West Virginia
May 5, 1864 William W. Averill [US] leaves Logan Court House with orders to destroy the the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad West Virginia
August 7, 1864 Battle of Moorefield. Last major engagement in West Virginia during the Civil War. West Virginia
  Jubal Early's Raid on Washington D. C.
September 16, 1864 Meeting in Charles Town, Ulysses S. Grant and Phil Sheridan discuss the problems in the Shenandoah Valley with Jubal Early's [CS] Corps West Virginia
  Jubal Anderson Early
  Philip Sheridan
  Ulysses S. Grant
January 16, 1867 West Virginia ratifies the 14th Amendment West Virginia
  14th Amendment
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