Organizers planned to have speeches first and then lunch, but the crowd had other ideas.
"...the rain having caused the dinner hour to arrive too soon after operations commenced, hunger trampled over forms, and the people set to and did full justice to the occasion and the good fare before them," Gordon wrote.
J.E. Boyers of Wheeling, secretary of state of the new West Virginia, was there, as was the state auditor Mr. Crane, also of Wheeling.
"Rev. J.G. West offered up a most fervent prayer for our distracted country, and the Declaration was read by James W. Hays."
"...Suffice it to say that the remarks of the various speakers, though differing in the mode of hastening and insuring success, all agreed that our country must stand 'one and inseparable,' under 'one flag and one destiny'."
Three rousing cheers were given for the Union.
Miller, the Gazette's editorial page editor, can be reached at d...@wvgazette.com.