"Action for Western Virginia"
Editorial in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, May 13, 1861.
On May 13, 1861, when a second convention of northwestern Virginia men met in Wheeling, Archibald W. Campbell, the editor of the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, wrote that it was a time for bold action. He asked, "Now is there a man from all the Northwest who has the nerve and the genius to lead this great movement? Is there one who can concentrate the scattered elements and bring their chaotic fragments into form. Such a one is wanted, and wanted just now. We shall see whether we have such a one among us. The man who can do it will be a hero—a hero in the cause of humanity and liberty, and fame is waiting even now to write down his name and imperishable deeds." As if to answer Campbell's question, a news item on the same page of his newspaper recorded the triumphant reception of John Snyder Carlile, of Clarksburg, and Francis H. Pierpont, of Monongalia County, into the city.