May 14, 1862
Gen. Milroy was confronted day before yesterday by forces said to be those of Jackson, Johnson and Ewell. After a sharp skirmish with a portion of Jackson’s army, he was joined by Schenck, who made a forced march of 34[?] miles in one day. The enemy then approached in three directions, with a large force, appearing at various points on the mountains. Milroy detached four regiments, which, in attempting to prevent the placing of a rebel battery, brought on a general engagement. Our loss was five killed and seven wounded. The rebels lost severely, and did not succeed in placing their battery.
Gen. Schenck, by orders from headquarters, then withdrew his whole force back upon the reinforcements which General Fremont is bringing forward.
An organized guerrilla force of 400 have taken two towns, Arnoldsburg and Spencer, near Parkersburg, threatening the Grafton Railroad, which connects the Ohio River with Cumberland and the East. Gen. Kelley has been ordered up in person with reinforcements.
Roving bands will attempt to prevent the execution of the two guerrillas ordered to be hung to-day at Sutton.
Gen. Cox has driven the enemy from Greenbrier, Mercer and Giles Counties, after three sharp engagements.
The evacuation of Yorktown is a signal for renewed activity on the rebel side, and will make hard work here, but it is hoped that the greatest danger is now over, the plan of cutting Milroy to pieces having failed.
A dispatch just received from Gen. Kelley reports that Major Tremble, having been reinforced by three companies of Col. Harris’ Tenth Virginia and one company (Capt. West) First Virginia Cavalry, has whipped the rebels at Spencer, killing a large number. He expects to kill or capture the whole of them.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: Undated: May 1862