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,

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,

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