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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
October 23, 1862


Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
Series 1, Vol. 19, pt. 2, pp. 474-75

Headquarters,
Gallipolis, Ohio, October 23, 1862.

Brigadier-Generals Milroy and Crook,
Commanding Divisions, Clarksburg, Va.:

Colonel Lightburn reports a skirmish between his advanced cavalry and the enemy’s pickets at Poca to-day. Also that the enemy has returned and reoccupied the Salines and Charleston in force. These reports make the commanding general more desirous that your columns should be in readiness to move, especially on the Summerville road. What has been done in regard to your transportation and quartermaster’s stores? How soon can you be in readiness to move?

By command of Major-General Cox:

G. M. Bascom,
Major and Assistant Adjutant General.

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Maj. N. H. McLean,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters Cincinnati:

Lightburn is at Red House, opposite Putnam Court-House. Reports three pieces of enemy’s artillery in position 3 miles above him, and enemy’s cavalry pretty bold. DeCourcy’s brigade, of Morgan’s command, will reach there to-morrow. Carter’s brigade reached here to-day, and will start to-morrow. I shall leave, so as to reach Lightburn in person as soon as these re-enforcements. The artillery is in bad condition for use, and the wants great in all parts of the quartermasters department, both stores and transportation, but we shall push forward. Lightburn reports the enemy 10,000 strong at Charleston. Spears’ (Tennessee) brigade is being partly paid, and will be detained a day or two here. Part of General Morgan’s command was almost in mutiny for lack of pay, &c. The whole amount due them ought to be forwarded from Washington, with paymasters, immediately. Cannot this be accomplished?

J. D. Cox,
Major-General, Commanding.

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Headquarters,
Gallipolis, Ohio, October 23, 1862.

Col. J. A. J. Lightburn,
Commanding Division, Red House, Va.:

Your dispatch received. Colonel De Courcy’s brigade, of Morgan’s division, will be at Ten-Mile Creek to-night, and will move to Buffalo to-morrow. Another brigade will leave here in the morning for Ten-Mile Creek. If you place much reliance in the report of Loring being at Charleston, you will not move your main body forward, but hold it well in hand until the re-enforcements get within supporting distance of you, or until farther orders. Meanwhile you will promptly repair the roads and remove the obstructions from the river, using every means to verify the information you have.

By command of Major-General Cox:

G. M. Bascom,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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