November 25, 1861
Skirmish in Wirt County.óMajor Trimble, of the 11th Virginia Regiment, arrived in this city on Saturday from Wirt County Court House. He reports that on the 19th a number of Capt. Hillís Cavalry had a skirmish with a gang of rebels calling themselves the Moccasin Rangers. It appears that there was a corn-husking at the house of a secessionist, about a mile from Wirt Court House, and some of Capt. Hillís men obtained leave of absence and attended the affair, without arms. After the men had started, the balance of the company were advised that their companions were to be attacked and captured at the husking, by the Moccasin Rangers. Accordingly the company armed themselves, and proceeded as quietly as possible down to the husking. They had scarcely reached the house and formed themselves in position when the Moccasin Rangers made a charge upon the house. Capt. Hillís men fired upon the Moccasins before the latter were aware of their presence in force, killing a lieutenant and wounding five or six others. The Rangers retreated.
Recruiting for the 11th Regiment is progressing finely.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: November 1861