December 23, 1863
The troops at this post, consisting of parts of the 10th West Virginia, 28th Ohio, Keeper’s Battery, and Captain Anderson’s West Virginia Cavalry, have just returned from an expedition into Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties. The expedition was commanded by Col. A. Moor, of the 28th Ohio, and was sent out to make a diversion in favor of Generals Averill and Scammon, in their attack on Echols near Lewisburg.
We captured six rebel soldiers and one Lieutenant, Sibels, of Bill Jackson’s command; also a rebel commissariat, some horses and a large number of cattle. On our return march we took along all our, and some rebel wounded, from the Droop Mountain fight, that had been left at Hillsboro in charge of Dr. Blair, and were now able to be transported.
On the mountain we had to cut our way through a very formidable blockade, consisting of heavy trees felled across and rocks rolled on the road, and which the rebels had thrown up in our rear to prevent our return march. Near Captain Marshall’s, and at various other places along the road, our command was fired into by bushwhackers. Although nobody was hurt by those cowards, the boys got so mad that they burnt Marshall’s house – which has been a harboring place of guerrillas ever since the beginning of the war – to the ground.
We had no casualties on the trip whatever, and the boys will be all right again after a few days, when they have rested their weary limbs, and ready for any duty that they may be ordered to perform.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: Undated: December 1863