March 18, 1864
A few days ago General Sigel, commanding the Department of West Virginia, made a flying trip to Martinsburgh, for the purpose of making personal observations in regard to the condition of things there abouts. In company with a portion of his staff he rode out a considerable distance in the country, and passed outside of the picket lines. While thus outside of the lines a force of two hundred rebels passed along between the General and his pickets. Of course the rebs were not aware of the Generalís situation, or he would most assuredly have been captured or killed. They seemed to be in a great hurry and moved along rapidly, seeming more anxious to escape themselves that to capture others. Gen. Sigel has certainly commenced his career among us with remarkable good luck.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: Undated: March 1864