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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
February 12, 1863


Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
Series 1, Volume 25, pt. 1, p. 15.

February 12, 1863.—Skirmishes near Smithfield and Charlestown, W. Va.

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

Baltimore, Md.,
February 13, 1863—2.40 p.m.

I have received the following dispatch from Brigadier General Kelley:

Harper’s Ferry, Va., February 13, 1863.

Yesterday about 1 p.m. a squad of [R. W.] Baylor’s rebel cavalry attacked a small scouting party of the Twelfth Pennsylvania Cavalry, from Kearnesville, of 12 men, near Smithfield, killing 1, wounding 2, and capturing 4 men and several horses. About 4 p.m. my scouts from here fell in with the same party a few miles south of Charlestown, and, after a running fight of several miles, recaptured our men and horses, and captured Lieutenant [George] Baylor, two of his men, and several horses.

B. F. Kelley,
Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant-Colonel Chesebrough,
Assistant Adjutant General.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully,

Robt. C. Schenck,
Major-General, Commanding.

Maj. Gen. H. W. Halleck,
General-in-Chief.


Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: February 1863

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