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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
August 7, 1864


The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
August 8, 1864

Further Concerning the Battle at Moorefield on Sunday Last – Gallant Conduct of our West Virginia Boys. New Creek, August 8, 1864.

Gov. Boreman received the following dispatches yesterday from parties who were in the Moorefield fight on Sunday. We omit their names. The discrepancy in the two as to the amount of captures, &c., doubtless arises from the fact one reports the bet results, while the other reports what we first took but failed to hold, in the way of men, horses and material:

Gov. Boreman:

Our division overtook McCausland and Johnson at Moorefield at day-break Sunday morning, captured their pickets, buried our little command of thirteen hundred men upon the enemy three thousand strong, gave him a thorough and complete flogging, drove him in utter confusion, captured all his artillery, four guns, three hundred and sixty-five prisoners, over six hundred horses and equipments, in large number of small arms, killing twenty-five and wounding twenty. Our loss is nine killed and thirty-two wounded. Among the killed are Major S. B. Conger and Lt. Clark, 3d W.Va. Cavalry. Our success is complete and stands unsurpassed.

SECOND DISPATCH.

New Creek, August 8, 1864.

Gov. Boreman:

Our West Virginia troops have once more crowned themselves with new laurels. – Our forces defeated Gens. Bradley Johnson and McCausland’s command at Moorefield, August 7th. We captured four hundred and two prisoners, including forty officers, and all his artillery, four pieces, with seven hundred horses and equipments. The first West Virginia cavalry retook the two guns captured from the first West Virginia Battery at Salem last winter, with their battle flag. We have scattered their commands all over the country. The victory is complete.


Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: August 1864

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