March 12th 1865
Gen F P Pierpoint
On last Thursday evening the 9th day of March I was attacked by a Company of Rebbels Commanded by Capt L H Campbell numbering about thirty men We succeeded in holding the Court House and preventing the Town from being robbed There is two stores here and no damage done except that they burned our fort & I Sir could have held the fort but then the Town would have been robbed.
The only Causuality was that Leut R W Varner lat of the 10th Reg was a mile out of Camp and attempted to make his way in was seriously if not mortally wounded
These Rebbels are still in these woods and hills in this vicinity although Col Wilkin sent men here to look after them They returned without crossing to the southside of the River I could not prevail on them to cross and assist in driving them from the Country They said that he had provided them no rations or forage & were tired consequently they could not go after them if I had men enough I could soon start some of them
I wish you would have His Excellency to suggest to Col Wilkenson to send if but twenty five men (although there should be more) if there were only twenty five might do much good to act in Conjuction with my Company They should be stationed here for two or three weeks at least
Capt W I Wiant
Gilmer County Militia Letters