February 11, 1863
We learn by a private letter received from Winfield, that Benjamin P. Morris, Deputy Sheriff of Putnam county, Va., was captured by a party of rebels on the 30th ult. Mr. Morris was out at Hurricane Bridge at the time, attending a sale. Fortunately he had little money with him.
A.L. Curry, Esp., was pursued by the same party, but succeeded in making his escape. We understand that a number of prominent rebels have been arrested as hostages.
A little more wholesome hanging and a little less swearing, is the only thing that will put an end to these raids.—Whenever any of those rebel thieves, cutthroats or guerrillas, are caught they should be immediately shot.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: January 1863