Pierpont visits VA battleground: A WV Sesquicentennial Moment
June 11, 2012 ·
On a June 13, 1862, trip to Yorktown, Norfolk and other recent battlegrounds, Gov. Francis H. Pierpont suggested rounding up as many slaves as possible to perform all the necessary labor at Union encampments.
all, Pierpont argued, that’s what the Confederacy was doing and it was helping
to keep their soldiers fresh for duty on the battlefield.
particularly worried about Union soldiers having the energy to fight when they
had to do so much physical labor, according to a letter published in the New
York Tribune and the Wheeling Intelligencer.
was talking to several congressmen who joined him on an excursion by steamer
and rail from Washington, D.C., to recent scenes of interest in the campaign of
also demanded that every house, horse, mule, cow or chicken should be used to
provide aid and comfort to Union soldiers.