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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 2, 1862


Wheeling Intelligencer
July 8, 1862

More Bushwhackers—Captain J. W. Myers, of Co. B, 11th Virginia, arrived in the city last evening with the following Mountain Rangers:

Capt. George Downs, Calhoun county; Capt. Wm. Harris, Parkersburg, Wood county; Seth Rogers, Calhoun county; Newton Ratcliffe, Gilmer county; Jas. M. Morgan, Marion county.

These men were captured at Big Bend, in Calhoun county, on the 2d inst., after a severe skirmish.


Point Pleasant Register
July 17, 1862

More Prisoners

On Wednesday of last week, Captain James W. Myers, of the 11th Va. Reg., while on a scout with his command near Great Bend, Little Kanawha, captured the following named Rangers:

Capt. George Downs of Calhoun county; Wm. Harris, of Wood county; privates Seth Rogers, Nuten Ratliff, J. U. Morgan, Rev. Wayne Kennedy. Kennedy was a preacher at Parkersburg, and formerly edited the Itinerant at that place. The Rangers were stopped at Down’s house, and on being made aware of Capt. Myers’ approach they fled, but as ill luck was on their side that day, in running from one squad they ran upon the one under the immediate command of Capt. Myers. Kennedy on being commanded to halt seemed to quicken his speed, when he was fired upon and wounded in the arm. He was left at Great Bend. Harris fired at Capt. Myers, but missing him, threw up his arms and asked to be permitted to surrender as a prisoner of war. Eight guns and their accoutrements were also captured.—Capt. Myers arrived here on Saturday last with all the above prisoners but Kennedy, and left in the evening on the Henry Logan for Parkersburg, and on Monday reached Wheeling where his prisoners were delivered over to the Military authorities.

Capt. Myers has accomplished a good work in the arrest of these notorious desperadoes, and we hope to hear soon that some Colonel, Major, Captain or Lieutenant, has succeeded in arresting or exterminating another band of notorious guerrillas under Andy Duskey, operating between Sandyville and the Three Forks of Reedy.—[Ravenswood Chronicle.


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

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