A Union force commanded by General Alfred Pleasanton moved through Shepherdstown to Martinsburg, clashing with Confederate troops throughout the day.
Abraham Lincoln visited Harpers Ferry.
Confederate Col. Imboden engaged Union troops near Hanging Rock.
A group of Home Guards and Confederate bushwhackers in Ceredo exchanged fire across the Ohio River.
Union and Confederate forces engaged at Paw Paw, and Confederates destroyed the B&O railroad bridge over the Little Cacapon.
There was an alarm at Rowlesburg when a group of men began "tampering" with the pickets.
Small parties of Union and Confederate troops skirmished near Charles Town.
A skirmish occurred in Nicholas County.
Rebels seized able-bodied men in the Kanawha Valley.
Some militia regiments were scheduled to parade in Clarksburg.
A detachment of the 11th (West) Virginia Infantry skirmished with Confederates near Ripley.
Four Union regiments underwent an inspection in Point Pleasant
Gen. W. W. Loring was ordered to turn over his command to Gen. Echols, who was ordered to march the forces back to the Kanawha Valley.
Federal troops occupied Charles Town in Jefferson County for the fifth time during the war.
A Union reconnaissance took place in the direction of Kearneysville, Leetown, and Smithfield, and troops skirmished with Confederates near Kearneysville.
Union and Confederate troops again skirmished near Kearneysville.
Confederate Gen. Jackson's reportedly arrived at Martinsburg and a large force crossed North Mountain for the railroad above Sir John's Run.
Union Gen. McClellan returned wagons and teams to Confederate Gen. Lee that had been provided by Gen. A. P. Hill in Harpers Ferry in September to transport baggage of paroled U.S. officers.
Col. Lightburn moved up the Kanawha.
Gov. Pierpont sent a man to Camp Chase, Ohio, undercover as a prisoner but really to spy on Confederate sympathizers from Marion County.
Brig. Gen. John B. Floyd issued several orders affecting residents of the Kanawha Valley.
Brig. Gen. R. H. Milroy issued orders to stop maltreatment of blacks serving with his command.
Judge George W. Summers and Dr. Patrick were reportedly arrested in Charleston by Southern officials.
Lewis Wetzel, editor of the Point Pleasant Register, was killed by John Hall, who had presided over the constitutional convention.
Col. Lightburn's advance cavalry skirmished with Confederate pickets at Poca in Kanawha County.
An attempt was made to burn down the house of Col. A. F. Ritchie of Marion County.
Col. J. D. Imboden, partisan rangers, was authorized to organize his cavalry into a battalion and raise additional infantry.
A saloon keeper was arrested in Wheeling for selling liquor to enlisted men.
Union and Confederate troops skirmished on the Ridgeville road near Petersburg.
Union Gen. J. D. Cox's advance guard reached the Pocatalico River below Charleston, and Confederate Gen. John Echols fell back to the Kanawha Falls vicinity.
Union troops crossed the Elk River bridge and pushed forward to Malden and Camp Piatt.
Confederate Gen. Jenkins was driven out of the Kanawha Valley.
Undated Events, October 1862
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