"I just said, I'm going to be at Independence Hall in Wheeling on June 20," he said. "Saturday, I'll be at the Capitol in Charleston all day."
Members of both units are looking forward to participating in events at Gettysburg, Pa., next weekend.
Bill Cullum, 87, of Moundsville, wasn't sure he wanted to attend Thursday morning, but his daughter was determined. They just recently discovered among some family papers that Cullum's grandfather, Cephas Davis, was in a Union cannon brigade, and was discharged after he went deaf.
"I wanted us to be here," said Bill Cullum's daughter, Kathy Jo Cullum. "I just wanted to come up here where it actually was."
At an afternoon ceremony, Travis Henline dressed as Francis Pierpont, the governor of the Reorganized State of Virginia, which preceded West Virginia's statehood. Henline, the site manager for Independence Hall, introduced a number of descendents of the original statehood convention delegates, including Michael Hayhurst of East Liverpool, Ohio.
Hayhurst greeted visitors at the door portraying his great-grandfather, Gen. John J. Jackson Sr., who spoke at the 1861 Wheeling Convention
Both the elder Jackson and his son, federal judge John J. Jackson Jr. were friends of President Lincoln, Hayhurst said. He portrays his ancestor periodically at Independence Hall as a way to remember his family, who were originally from Parkersburg.
"You're proud to have somebody like this in your family," Jackson said.
During the formal program, Wheeling actor Jeremy Richter portrayed West Virginia's first governor Arthur Boreman, and gave the speech Boreman gave after he was elected to lead the new state.
"I hope in after years to recur to the ceremonies of this day with pride and pleasure, not only for the part that I have taken in them, but as celebrating the most auspicious events in the history of this people," Boreman, and Richter, said.
The crowd, sitting under the sun reflected in the wavy glass of West Virginia's first capitol, answered the speech in the style of the time: three cheers of "hip, hip, huzzah!"
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