Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
October 1862

October 1
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.

October 2
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.

October 3

October 4
Union and Confederate forces engaged at Paw Paw, and Confederates destroyed the B&O railroad bridge over the Little Cacapon.

October 5
There was an alarm at Rowlesburg when a group of men began "tampering" with the pickets.

October 6
Small parties of Union and Confederate troops skirmished near Charles Town.

October 7

October 8
A skirmish occurred in Nicholas County.

Rebels seized able-bodied men in the Kanawha Valley.

Some militia regiments were scheduled to parade in Clarksburg.

October 9

October 10

October 11
A detachment of the 11th (West) Virginia Infantry skirmished with Confederates near Ripley.

October 12
Four Union regiments underwent an inspection in Point Pleasant

October 13

October 14

October 15
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.

October 16
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.

October 17
Union and Confederate troops again skirmished near Kearneysville.

October 18
Confederate Gen. Jackson's reportedly arrived at Martinsburg and a large force crossed North Mountain for the railroad above Sir John's Run.

October 19
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.

October 20
Col. Lightburn moved up the Kanawha.

October 21
Gov. Pierpont sent a man to Camp Chase, Ohio, undercover as a prisoner but really to spy on Confederate sympathizers from Marion County.

October 22
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.

October 23
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.

October 24
An attempt was made to burn down the house of Col. A. F. Ritchie of Marion County.

October 25

October 26

October 27
Col. J. D. Imboden, partisan rangers, was authorized to organize his cavalry into a battalion and raise additional infantry.

October 28
A saloon keeper was arrested in Wheeling for selling liquor to enlisted men.

October 29
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.

October 30
Union troops crossed the Elk River bridge and pushed forward to Malden and Camp Piatt.

October 31
Confederate Gen. Jenkins was driven out of the Kanawha Valley.

Undated Events, October 1862

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