February 5-8, 1863.--Scout front Camp Piatt into Wyoming County, W. Va.
Report of Maj. John McMahan, Second West Virginia Cavalry.
Camp Piatt, W. Va., February 9, 1863.
I have the honor to report the following as the result of my recent trip into Wyoming County, W. Va.:
In obedience to your orders, I marched with 70 men, in a blinding snow
storm, on the morning of the 5th instant; crossed Big Coal River at
Thompson’s farm, striking Little
Coal 12 miles above Boone Court-House, halting 10 miles above said
point until 10 p. m.; thence marched
by the way of Wyoming Court-House to Charles
Stewart’s, on the Laurel Fork of Guyandotte River, 4 miles from said
Remained there until 1 p. m. on
the 6th; thence proceeded to the headwaters of Laurel Creek, to John
Farmer’s, and remained there until 6
a. m. of the 7th; thence
marched to the Marsh Fork of Big Coal River, down said river to Jacob
Fetter’s, where we arrived at 6 a. m. of the 8th; thence, by the way of
Lum’s Creek, to Camp Piatt, where we arrived at 7 p. m. on the 8th
The weather was very severe, and my men and horses suffered very much.
Some of my men had their feet frozen. We lost 4 horses from
exhaustion, and I impressed 3, one from old Mr. Cook, father of the
rebel Captain Cook, 1 from a Mr. Fielding, and 1 from an
unknown party, to enable me to
bring my men into camp. The fourth man dismounted rode the horse of the
guide, who remained at home.
From reliable information received, I am satisfied that the rebel
Captain Henderson has not been in Wyoming County since Floyd’s retreat.
The rebel Captain Cook was heard of some two or three weeks since in
said county, but had left some time since. I am satisfied also that
there are no rebel forces in that county.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major Second West Va. Vol. Cavalry, Comdg. Detachment.
Col. J. C. Paxton, Second West Virginia Vol. Cav.
WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF CULTURE AND HISTORY
OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE WAR OF THE REBELLION
SERIES 1, VOL. 25, pt.1, pg. 9-10