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February 7, 1862


The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry Etc.
Frank Moore, ed. Vol. 2. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1863

February 7. – General Lander’s forces occupied Romney, Va., without a fight. The rebels retreated toward Winchester. – Cincinnati Gazette, February 8.


Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
Series 1, Volume 5, pp. 1068-1069

WINCHESTER, VA., February 12, 1862.

General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON,
Commanding Department of Northern Virginia:

GENERAL: From official information the enemy have burnt several houses in Harpers Ferry near the Potomac, the Wager House being among the number.

Since the evacuation of Romney by our troops the Federal forces have returned there, and from information received this morning from Colonel Harness, the commanding officer at Moorefield, the enemy, 3,000 strong, were advancing on Moorefield.

Col. Edward H. McDonald, after General Loring left Romney, burned the South Branch Bridge, on the Northwestern turnpike.

I have authorized furloughs to be granted to re-enlisted men at the rate of one-third of the rank and file present and for duty. In Garnett’s brigade the men are re-enlisting encouragingly, and yesterday it was more encouraging in the Army of the Northwest. The Twenty third Regiment, Colonel Fulkerson’s, had about 20 re-enlistments.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. J. JACKSON,
Major- General.

Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
Series 1, Volume 5, p. 1072

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
Centreville, February 14, 1862.

Hon. J. P. BENJAMIN, Secretary of War:

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge your letter of the 9th instant, just received. The necessary orders have been given to Major-Generals Holmes and Jackson and E. K. Smith to send the four regiments named by you to Knoxville, Tenn., forthwith.

In a letter dated February 12, Major-General Jackson informed me that since the evacuation of Romney by your order the United States troops have returned to it, and that the officer commanding at Moorefield reported that the enemy, 3,000 strong, were approaching that place.

The reduction of our force by the operation of the furlough system makes it impracticable to re-enforce the Valley District from that of the Potomac.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. E. JOHNSTON,
General.


Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: February 1862

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