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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
December 10, 1863


Official Records
Series I, Volume 29, part 2, p. 556.

Cumberland, Md., December 11, 1863.
(Received 11.30 a.m.)

Brig. Gen. G. W. Cullum,
Chief of Staff:

I transmit the following telegram from Colonel Comly for the information of the General-in-Chief:

Charleston, W. Va.,
December 10, 1863.

Captain Melvin,
Assistant Adjutant-General:

Captain Witcher, Third [West] Virginia Cavalry, with 50 men, has just returned from a scout through Wayne, Logan, and Boone Counties, bringing as prisoners 1 captain, 2 lieutenants, 1 quartermaster sergeant, and 14 men., and 30 pieces small-arms, having traveled 150 miles in three days, and returning without loss or injury to men. Lost 3 horses and equipments. Captain Witcher reports a considerable force organizing in the region of Abington for a raid in Kanawha Valley or Barboursville. He heard of the Lewisburg advance from prisoners captured, who informed him that a large force which had been on the way to join Longstreet was now returning to re-enforce Lewisburg. He reports plenty of grain and large quantities of fat cattle and hogs in Logan; says he could march 10,000 men through. Their roads good. The prisoners captured represent the following commands: Beckley’s battalion, Fourteenth [Virginia Cavalry], Twenty-second [Virginia Cavalry], Twenty-sixth [Battalion Virginia Infantry], Thirty-fourth [Battalion Virginia Cavalry], Thirty-sixth [Battalian [sic] Virginia Cavalry], and Eighth Virginia Cavalry; Markhead’s [?] battalion Kentucky cavalry and First Virginia State Line. General Scammon left Gauley last night.

James M. Comly,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding

I have no idea that the force reported to be concentrating at Abingdon contemplates an offensive movement into the Kanawha Valley.

B. F. Kelley,
Brigadier-General.


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