Dec. 5 1863
West Union West V.a
Mr. Ephriam Bee
Dr. sir my men have on in other scout. I have done a pretty good business this time. They captured a lot of blankets – horse pistols & guns. Supposed to be rebel uniformes. They were found hid in the woods under floors. [?] which I am happy to inform are now in safe hands.
You will find enclosed ; all of which [?] except four that refused to take guns. I have I believe . Good men their places.
John H. Harris
[transcriber error – left out “H. E. Duckworth”]
These are the four names that refused to take their guns.
Capt H. S. Sayre
Camp Comdg.m Doddrisge Co W Va Scouts
Transcription by Bryan Holmes, undergraduate student enrolled in Dr. Billy Joe Peyton’s Fall 2010 “Introduction to Public History” at West Virginia State University
Militia Box 04, Folder 8