The President Asks for Information

In response to West Virginia Governor Henry M. Matthews request to President Hayes for U.S. troops in the crisis, Secretary of War George W. McCrary replies by asking for details about the scale and scope of the "insurrection."

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To Governor Henry Matthews, Wheeling, West Virginia:

Your dispatch to the President asking for troops is received. The President is averse to intervention unless it is clearly shown that the State is unable to suppress the insurrection. Please furnish a full statement of facts. What force can the State raise? How strong are the insurgents?

GEO. W. MCCRARY, Secretary of War.

About this Document

  • Source: Baltimore American
  • Author: George W. McCrary
  • Published: Baltimore
  • Citation: page 1
  • Date: July 18, 1877