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On May 21, 1861, the Staunton Spectator reported that the county court in Pocahontas County appropriated money to arm the militia and purchase lances "for the women to fight with if we should be attacked."
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"If we should be attacked"

Staunton Spectator, May 21, 1861.

The county court in the western mountain county of Pocahontas appropriated money to arm the militia and purchase lances "for the women to fight with if we should be attacked." The county had elected an opponent of secession to the Virginia Convention in February 1861, but at the referendum held on May 23, 1861, that ratified the Ordinance of Secession an estimated 96.5 percent of the voters in Pocahontas voted for secession. In June 1863, Pocahontas County became part of the new state of West Virginia.

Staunton Spectator, May 21, 1861.

Pocahontas County.
We learn from a correspondent of the Richmond Dispatch that the County Court of Pocahontas has appropriated fifteen thousand dollars for arming and equipping the volunteer companies of the county. There are now three volunteer companies in the county, besides a large "Home Guard." The Court also ordered 400 or 500 lances to be made, to be placed in every house in the county for the women to fight with if we should be attacked. There is also a powder mill and a gun machinery now in operation at Huntersville.