"The heroic conduct of these ladies"
Article reprinted from the Staunton Spectator in the Warrenton Flag of '98, June 27, 1861.
The rout of Virginia troops by Ohio and Indiana volunteers at Philippi, in Barbour County, on June 3, 1861, gave two Virginia women an opportunity to be heroines when they traveled more than thirty miles from their homes in Marion County to warn Virginia volunteers about the approaching United States forces. Their story appeared in several of the state's newspapers, and on June 22, 1861, the Virginia Convention passed a resolution commending their actions. "The heroic conduct of these ladies," one newspaper editor wrote, "will live in history, and they will become the heroines of many a thrilling story of fiction in years to come."