The Military Called Out

The American reports that John King, vice-president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, requested state militia to guard the property of the railroad and quell the "riot." West Virginia Governor Henry M. Mathews in a telegraph assures King that he will do everything in his power to "suppress the riot."

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Mr. John King, Jr., First Vice President of the Road, was telegraphed to at his country residence, Chesnut Hill, and informed of the trouble at Martinsburg. Mr. King rode into town and arrived at Camden Station about half-past eleven o'clock, and immediately telegraphed to Governor Matthews at Wheeling, West Virginia, stating that the Company's trains in both directions had been stopped at Martinsburg by the strickers; that there had been a riot, and the local authorities were unable to suppress it. He asked the Governor to call out the military of the State to suppress the riot, and to enable the Company to transact its business with safety and regularity. In a short time Mr. King received the following despatch:

Mr. John King, Jr:

There are two companies at Martinsburg supplied with ammunition. I have telegraphed to my aide-de-camp, Colonel C.J. Faulkner, Jr., to aid the civil authorities with these companies in the execution of the laws of the State, and to suppress the riot. I will do all I can to preserve the peace, and secure safety to your trains and railroad operatives.


Col. Faulkner commands one of the military companies at Martinsburg. Around 1 o'clock this morning he telegraphed to Baltimore that he would execute the orders of the Governor, and asked the railroad authorities to inform him officially of the extent of the difficulty.

Captain Thomas R. Sharp will go to Martinsburg this morning, and be present during the efforts to reconcile the trouble there.

About this Document

  • Source: Baltimore American
  • Author: Henry M. Matthews
  • Published: Baltimore
  • Date: July 16, 1877