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The Battles of 1861, Official reports. Official report of the engagement at Piketon, John S. Williams, Colonel C. S. A., Commanding. Camp Near Pound Gap, November. 13th, 1861. General Since my last report to you, I have been compelled to abandon Piketon by an overwhelming force that advanced upon me in two columns--one directly up the river from Prestonsburg, sixteen hundred strong, with a battery of six pieces, and the other from Louisa, up Johns's Creek, a branch of the Sandy, numbering eighteen hundred men, with a battery of field-pieces. Both of these columns convinced upon Piketon. My whole force consisted of 1,010 men, including sick, teamsters and men on extra duty. I did not believe that the advance of the enemy would be so rapid, and hoped that the artillery and reinforcements promised would arrive before they could disturb me at Piketon. Under this confident hope, I commenced gathering supplies, explored the leather resources of the country; fo