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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
August 20-21, 1862


Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
Series 1, Vol. 51, Part II, p 610

Camp Moore, August 23, 1862.

Colonel Peters:

Dear Sir: Upon Wednesday evening, 19th instant, I received information that Godfrey’s (Union) company was in the vicinity of Tobias Belcher’s, and at once determined upon giving them pursuit. I made detachments from each of the respective companies in camp, amounting to 100 men, and proceeded at once to prepare the command with cook rations for three days and forty rounds of ammunition. At 9 o’clock upon Thursday, the 20th instant, the detachment moved by the way of the Tug Fork of Sandy, thence up the North Fork of Tug over the ridge to the waters of Elkhorn, and thence down the Elkhorn to James Totten’s, and bivouacked there over night. Early upon Friday morning the detachment moved from Totten’s up the Laurel Branch in the direction of Godfrey’s camp, upon the waters of the Pinnacle Fork of Guyandotte. We surprised them at Allen Mylam’s, breakfasting, and captured 3 prisoners, 2 horses, and 21 rifles. The detachment immediately moved upon the enemy’s camp at the Pinnacle and found it deserted. All their stores, with some cattle, fell into our hands. We returned by the index upon Cage’s Ridge to William Belcher’s and bivouacked there upon the night of the 21st instant. Upon the 22d we returned to camp. The men deserve great credit for the hardihood discovered upon these arduous forced marches. I inclose you a letter from Captain Godfrey (Yankee) to the notorious William Walker, of Wyoming County, and also a list of his Union company. I think it would be well to publish his roll in one of the Richmond papers.

D. S. Hounshell.
S. P. Halsey, Adjutant


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

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