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November 10, 1862


The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry Etc. Frank Moore, ed. Volume 6. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1863

Document 40

SKIRMISH AT SOUTH-FORK, VIRGINIA.

HEADQUARTERS, CINCINNATI, NOV. 12, 1862.

Major-General H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief:

General Kelly, on the tenth, attacked Imbodenís camp, eighteen miles south of Moorefield, Hardy County, Virginia, routing him completely, killing and wounding many, and capturing his camps, fifty prisoners, a quantity of arms, and a large number of horses, cattle, hogs, wagons, etc. The enemy was entirely dispersed, and fled to the mountains.

H. G. Wright,
Major-General Commanding.

DESPATCH [sic] FROM GENERAL KELLEY.

MOOR[E}FIELD, HARDY COUNTY, NOV. 10, 1862.

To Governor Pierpont:

I left New-Creek on Saturday Morning, the eighth instant, and after a continuous march of twenty-four hours, a distance of about sixty miles, reached Imbodenís camp on the South-Fork, eighteen miles south of this place, at half-past six oíclock yesterday morning.

We attacked him at once and routed him completely, killing and wounding many of the enemy; also capturing his camp, fifty prisoners, a quantity of arms, three hundred and fifty fat hogs, a large number of horses, cattle, wagons, etc. The infantry were routed and entirely dispirited, fleeing to the mountains. Their cavalry were, unfortunately for us, away on an expedition, or our success would have been complete. We burnt their camp and returned to this place this evening.

I had with me a detachment of the First New York cavalry, under the command of Colonel McReynolds, the Ringgold Cavalry, under the command of Captain Keys, the Washington cavalry, commanded by Captain Greenfield, Rourkís battery, and three companies of the Twenty-third Illinois infantry, under the command of Major Moore.

The infantry companies were carried in wagons. My troops cannot be surpassed for patient endurance on the march or for gallant bearing when in action. Our attack was so unexpected and impetuous that our loss is trifling, three or four men slightly and one severely wounded; none killed.

B. F. KELLEY,
Brigadier-General.


Richmond Daily Dispatch

November 20

The recent skirmishing in Hardy county--Yankee Lies.

In our Northern news published this morning there is an "official" dispatch announcing the capture of a part of Imboden's force, which is, perhaps on a par with the greater part of their official dispatches. It appears from the accounts of the Confederates engaged in the fight, on the 9th inst., that Lieut.-Col. Doyle, of Imboden's command with 300 infantry, fought the Yankee force comprised of 400 cavalry, an infantry regiment, and three pieces of artillery, for three days, skirmishing at different points, until he got off safely with his entire wagon train, and only having one man wounded.

In Tucker county, a few days before this affair, Col. imboden captured 47 Yankees.

November 20

Alleged attack on Imboden.

A dispatch of Gen. Wright, dated at Cincinnati on the 13th, says that Gen. Kelly; on the 10th inst., attacked Imboden's rebel camp, eighteen miles South of Moorefield, Hardy county, Va., routed him completely, killing and wounding many, and captured his camp with fifty prisoners and a quantity of arms, besides a large number of horses, cattle, hogs, wagons, &c. The enemy were entirely dispersed and fled to the mountains.


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