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JULY 24-26, 1862
SCOUT IN WYOMING COUNTY, WV
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
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
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
as our force approached. We
learned that a small force of the enemy, said to be under General
in the vicinity of Abb's Valley, in Tazwell County, south of Flat Top.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
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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