Series 1, Volume 29, Part 1
SEPTEMBER 2-23, 1863. – Expeditions from Martinsburg, W.Va., including Affairs (15th and 19th) at Smithfield, W.Va., and Strasburg, Va.
Extract from “Record of Events,” United States forces at Martinsburg.
September 2, sent 50 men, under command of Captain Prendergast (all of the (First) New York Cavalry), to Bloomery Gap, in search of a small party of rebels supposed to be there. The party returned via Winchester and Newtown, but found no enemy.
September 5, sent Maj. T. Quinn, First New York Cavalry, with 200 men, as far up the valley as Middletown, at which place he captured a small rebel mail and 5 rebel stragglers.
September 9, sent Captain Hertzog, of the First New York Cavalry, with a small party of cavalry, to Winchester to remove our sick, left there at the time of Milroy’s retreat. Pursued a small part of rebel cavalry a mile beyond Winchester, capturing 4 of them.
September 15, Captain Jones, of the First New York Cavalry, with 100 men, attacked a party of rebels, 70 strong, at Smithfield, and captured 11 prisoners, with horses and full equipments. Captain Jones was slightly wounded in the hand. No other injury was sustained on our part.
September 16 and 17, scouts were sent up the valley, but returned without discovering and enemy.
September 19, Captain Bailey, of the First New York Cavalry, with 150 men, captured 11 rebel cavalry, fully mounted and equipped; also 2 rebel government wagons, and rebel mail, all at Strasburg. No loss on our side, with the exception of 1 man accidentally killed.
September 22 and 23, scouts sent up the valley, with no other results than the capture of a rebel mail at Berryville.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: September 1863