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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
December 12, 1862


Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
Series 1, Volume 21, pp. 688-689

DECEMBER 12, 1862. - Reconnaissance from North Mountain to Bunker Hill. W. Va.

Reports of Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley, U. S. Army.

CUMBERLAND, MD., December 12, 1862.

I ordered a cavalry scout from North Mountain this morning, to go into Martinsburg and ascertain if the rebels were there, and, if not, to go on toward Winchester till they found them. Found no enemy in Martinsburg. When near Bunker Hill encountered 13 of Ashby’s cavalry and captured them all, with their horses and equipments. A battalion of Ashby’s old regiment is picketing Bunker Hill.

B. F. KELLEY,
Brigadier- General.

Major BASCOM, Headquarters District of West Virginia.


CUMBERLAND, MD.,
December 11, 1862 - 10.15 p.m.

I went to North Mountain Station yesterday, within 7 miles of Martinsburg; left there last night. The road repairers reached that point last evening, and will reach Martinsburg in about a week, if we can protect them. Ordered a cavalry scout to be sent this morning to Martinsburg to ascertain if the enemy was there, and if not, to go toward Winchester till they found him. Found no rebels in Martinsburg. Near Bunker Hill they encountered 13 of Ashby’s cavalry, and captured them, with all their horses and equipments, and have just returned to camp with their prisoners. A battalion of Ashby’s old regiment is picketing Bunker Hill.

B. F. KELLEY,
Brigadier-General. Maj. Gen. H. W. HALLECK,
General-in-Chief.


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