March 25, 1863
MORE BUSHWHACKERS – Thirty-Two rebel prisoners arrived in the city yesterday morning on board the St. Patrick. They were in charge of Lieut. Johnson of the 5th Virginia Infantry, not stationed at Ceredo, on the Ohio. The prisoners have all been captured within the last week in Wayne, Cabell and Logan counties. Some of them are citizens and some are soldiers. Among the number is a somewhat famous preacher named Byas, who has been bushwhacking and preaching on his own hook for more than a year. A man calling himself Lieut. Keyton is among the lot. This Keyton is said to have had a hand in the late murder of Mr. Gibson, a loyal citizen of Mason County. There is a man named Adkins in the party who is suffering from a severe wound in the leg, received at the time of his capture while attempting to runaway.
Among these prisoners are a large number of Jenkins’ men. They all agree in saying that Jenkins intends coming back into Western Virginia as soon as the grass comes out. He sent his horses to North Carolina to winter, having nothing to feed them on here, but when Spring comes the horses will be sent back.
March 25, 1863
A Bad Egg. – A rebel named St. Clair Bullard was brought to the city yesterday from Logan county, where he was lately arrested by some members of the 2d Virginia Cavalry as he was crossing the Guyandotte river. He was armed with with [sic] a gun and had almost as many cartridges as he could carry. He evidently was making his way to the enemy. This Bullard was in the Atheneum about a year ago and was released by the Federal Court upon taking the oath of allegiance and giving bond.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: March 1863