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JULY 24-26, 1862

SCOUT IN WYOMING COUNTY, WV
REPORT OF:
LIET. COL. JONATHAN D HINES
12TH OHIO INFANTRY


               CAMP FLAT TOP, JULY 28, 1862


               
SIR: In obedience to orders I left camp at 4am, July 24, with a detachment of 100 men, under
            command of Captain Liggett and Lieutenant Tibbals, of the Twelfth Regiment Ohio Volunteer
            Infantry, and marched into Wyoming County, where report said that rebel scouts were committing
            depredations in the Union
citizens.
           
            We proceeded by the Flat Top Ridge to the Gulf Ridge, along and over it, crossing Gulf Fork of   
            Guyandotte River to Tommy's Ridge, several miles along it and down its steep side to Devil Fork;
            thence across Barke's, Peak's, and Milam's Ridges, and encamped on Barke's Fork, having marched
            26 miles. Took (sic) Squire Clendennen, a noted rebel, prisoner, and fired on his son, who escaped to
            the mountains.

            July 25, we crossed Cager's Ridge to Tom Godfrey's, on Pinnacle Fork of Guyandotte. Here a Union
            company was organized, with Godfrey for captain, and about 30 members, which I doubt not will be
            entirely able to sustain themselves against any force likely to penetrate such a wild mountain country.
            They appear to be very determined.

            Left Godfrey's at 4pm and marched by way of Indian Ridge and Bear Ridge to Mr. White's, a bush-
            whacker, who fled on our approach. Encamped at his house for the night; 17 miles marched.
            Left White's at 3am and marched along Bear Ridge to Flat Top, and by that chain to camp, a distance
            of 31 miles. Whole distance marched, 74 miles in 3 days.

            The roads throughout the whole of this region are mere trails and paths, nearly impassable for horses.
            The people live in miserable huts, and are mostly bushwhackers, and belong to the well-known company
            of R.B. Foley, called "Flat Top Copperheads;" none of them are now at home, having fled in all directions
            as our force approached. We learned that a small force of the enemy, said to be under General Floyd, was
            in the vicinity of Abb's Valley, in Tazwell County, south of Flat Top.

            Respectfully, your obedient servant,
       
            J.D Hines,
            Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding Outposts, & C.
       
            To Brigadier-General Cox.


WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF CULTURE AND HISTORY
OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE WAR OF THE REBELLION
SERIES 1, VOL. 12, PART 2, PGS 106 & 107
(transcribed by: Candace J Robinson)









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