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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
April 17, 1862


The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry Etc.
Frank Moore, ed. Vol. 4. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1863, p. 91

A skirmish took place on the dry fork of the Holly River, in Western Virginia, in which two guerrillas were killed and three of the National troops, under Lieut. Col. Harris, of the Tenth regiment of Virginia, were wounded. – New York Times, April 19.


Wheeling Intelligencer
April 28, 1862

From Buckhannon

Headquarters Company D, 10th Va. Regt.
Buckhannon, Upshur Co, Va.
April 23, 1862

Editors Intelligencer:

By inserting the following in your valuable paper, you will oblige a volunteer in defense of his country, also many who were on the late scout through Webster.

Capt. Murrin of Company D, with a squad of 50 men, left Buckhannon on the 15th for Camp Canaan, which they reached on the morning of the 16th, they were then assisted by Capt. Morgan and his men belonging to Company B, at the same time three companies of the 36th Ohio from Summersville, Company C of the 10th Va. from Glenville and Company A of the same regiment from Fort Pickens Va., also some of Capt. Rowans 1st Va. Cavalry, Company K, assisted them.

Company A and C of the 10th Virginia, and the Cavalry had a hard brush with the rebels at a place called Holly on Grassey Creek near Brown’s mountain, which it appears to have lasted nearly five hours, and ended with killing 10 of the rebels, taking 10 prisoners and putting the rest to flight, our loss was none killed, but two of Company A, and three Cavalry wounded – Company B and D captured and killed a man by the name of James Alker and one of the leaders of the notorious Perry Connolly’s crowd also captured a knapsack, haversack, a likeness, bullet mould and some letters belonging to Ben Haymond the leader of the Guerilla bands harboring around Webster county. One of the letters was from a rebel gentleman in the Southern Confederacy, and Capt. Murrin is of opinion that Ben Haymond is at their head.

The boys of the 10th Va. regiment is waiting very anxiously to be paid, some of them having been in the service now over six months.

The Major of the 36th Ohio says the boys deserve great praise for their acts of bravery in that skirmish, considering our not being able to see where the rebels were when they were firing on us.

J.S.D., Company D, 10th Va. Reg.


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

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