April 15, 1865
On Thursday, the 6th inst., a band of rebel thieves made a raid upon the loyal citizens of Jackson county, robbing their stores and stealing their horses. Late in the evening they surrounded the house of Mr. A. Flesher, and carried off four fine horses, all that he had, also saddles, bridles and halters. A son of Mr. Flesher with two hired hands, were made prisoners by the gang and taken a considerable distance before being released. The forms of a large number of other citizens were visited and their horses also taken. We are informed that the loss of the citizens in the neighborhood visited will not be less than fourteen thousand dollars. The loss is the more heavy, from the fact that the farmers are unable to continue their spring plowing for want of horses. Some of the thieves were recognized and known to be sons and relatives of rebel sympathisers residing in the county. The names of those recognized were Lew Keeny, N. J. Bumgarner, C. Sagie, E. Wilson, Wilson Butcher, N. Calbest, C. Howard, N. Gandy, and a Mr. Casto. These raids are ruinous to the farmers, and made for the mere purpose of securing plunder. An effectual remedy should be immediately provided. The loyal men of Jackson county express themselves as highly pleased with Gen. Carrol’s order for retaliation on the property of rebels and rebel sympathisers, and are anxious to have it enforced.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: April 1865