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October 13, 1863

Wheeling Intelligencer
October 19, 1863

Our Victory at Bulltown. - The following letter gives an interesting account of our victory at Bulltown:

One of the greatest victories that has yet occurred in West Virginia was achieved by the gallant little band of the 6th and 11th West Virginia regiments at Bulltown, on the 13th inst. At 4 o'clock, A.M., of that day the Federal forces at that point, only 155 in number, were attacked by the renegade Wm. L. Jackson with a rebel force, stated by him in a note demanding the surrender of the garrison, to be 900 strong, and which has since been ascertained to have not been less that 800, with two pieces of artillery.

The Federal force was under command of Captain W. H. Mattingly of Co. G, 6th West Virginia, and consisted of parts of companies G, and I, of the 6th, and of companies C, F and H, of the 11th West Virginia regiment. The fight was kept up till 4 P.M., and resulted in the complete repulse of the rebs., with a loss of from fifty to sixty killed, wounded and prisoners. Our loss was slight. Capt. Mattingly was dangerously wounded in the thigh by a musket ball, but is recovering and will likely survive. Lieut. Hole, of the 11th , was slightly wounded.

Jackson after the first fire sent in a flag of truce, demanding a surrender, saying he knew the exact force, amount of ammunition, &c. The answer was that if he knew where they were, to come and take them. Jackson expected to capture the whole force and come on to Weston, no doubt, but was sadly disappointed. Capt. Simpson of Co. C, 11th, who took command after Capt. Mattingly was wounded, told his boys to remember Spencer, and most nobly did the 6th and 11th West Virginia redeem whatever has been heretofore attributed to them. Too much praise cannot be awarded to them for the heroic and brave repulse of the rebel vandals. - The vain boasts of the Southern chivalry of one gray back equal to five blue jackets was completely exploded in this instance, and the tables turned on them.

The noted Bill Thompson was the rebels as Lieut. Col., as was also nearly all of our Lewis county traitors.


Wheeling Daily Register
October 27, 1863


If you will insert this in your valuable paper you will oblige many of the Wheeling Cavalry Company.

On the evening of the fight at Bulltown, our company and Company C, 4th W. Va. cavalry, arrived at Bulltown as reinforcements to Captain Matingley and his brave men; we encamped inside of the breast works that night, the next morning Capt. Shanley was ordered to take command of both companies and proceed on the road on which Jack was retreating, for the purpose of getting corn for the horses. Capt. Shanley had not gone more than two miles from Bulltown when he drove in Jackson's pickets, capturing one man and two horses; we then attacked his column, Major Homes coming up at that time, gave the order to cease firing and fall back; upon which we retreated two miles and halted, sent a man to Bulltown to bring out the infantry, about 10 o'clock Capt. Harrison of the 6th and Capt. Simpson of the 11th came up as reinforcements. Major Harris then ordered Capt. Shanley to advance with ten of his men, which was done with alacrity, driving the enemy's cavalry from three different positions. Capt. Shanley deserves the greatest credit for his coolness and bravery on the occasion; and I venture to say that had he been in command of the cavalry, Jackson would never have gotten away with his command. You will hear from me soon again.

Yours &c.,

Richmond Daily Dispatch
October 19, 1863

From Northwestern Virginia.

--Late news from the Northwestern portion of the State represents that the forces under Col. Wm. L. Jackson have recently made a rich haul upon the enemy at a point known as Bulltown, in Braxton county. Information reached Col. J. in the early part of last week that there was a large number of the enemy's wagons at that place, guarded by some three hundred men, who were left in charge of them, the main body of the enemy's forces in that section having been sent to reinforce Rosecrans. With the force at his disposal Col. Jackson pushed off to Bulltown, where he captured the whole Yankee guard and a large number of wagons, horses, and equipments. It is hoped that he has succeeded ere this in removing his plunder within our lines. Averill's force, or a portion of it, is still at Beverly, in Randolph county.

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