February 25, 1864
By a letter from an officer of the 15th W. Va. Regiment, at Cabell Court House, to a member of the House of Delegates here, under date of the 19th inst., the capture of the notorious rebel, Colonel J. M. Ferguson and about twenty of his men, is fully confirmed. It was achieved by Colonel Gallop, on the 15th inst., surrounding and surprising the rebel camp, situated between the head waters of Laurel and Lick Creek , in Wayne county, about 18 miles from the Court House. There were about 50 men in the camp. Captain Pinckard, Lieut. Griswold of the 13th W. Va., regiment Sergeant McCormick, of the 9th W. Va. Regiment, and a Federal soldier, a prisoner, were unfortunately killed by the fire of Colonel Gallupís men. The rebels left five of their number dead in the camp. Pickard and Griswold were taken with Gen. Scammon. They were excellent officers, and their unfortunate death will be deeply regretted by their companions in arms and by their relatives and friends.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: February 1864