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West Virginia (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 14
ices and skirted by impenetrable thickets of the laurel, and in the very region where the traitorous sons of Virginia and marauding Yankees had collected for ambush, plunder, and blood. Though in the nest of traitors, our men, with the rapids of the river boiling at their feet, a violent storm howling over their head, the utter darkness rendered still deeper by the glare of the torch, with fearless hearts and good wills, continued the journey through the most broken and wild scenery of Western Virginia. About 3 o'clock at night, on the 12th inst., we were informed that about two miles below us, at Mr. Pack's, the enemy would be found numbering about five hundred. It was determined to attack even that force, but upon our arrival there, about daylight, we learned the enemy had left the previous afternoon, about 3 P. M., carrying with them Mr. Pack as a prisoner, and about sixty head of cattle, and a number of fine horses robbed from the Secessionists in that neighborhood. We imme
Big Coal River (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 14
e boldness of the men, scarcely find a parallel in the pages of history. About two hundred cavalry, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Clarkson, left Hamilton, just above the "Hawk's Nest," on the 10th inst., and reached "Toney's," on the Coal River, twelve miles above Charles on, about 10 A. M. on the 12th inst., a distance of eighty miles, and the troop either in a full gallop or straining of the horses for the last twenty miles. To reach "Toney's" the Coal River was forded ninety-seven Coal River was forded ninety-seven times during the night of the 11th inst., under a violent storm of rain, and in the darkness so profound than one's hand was invisible. A torch had to be used at every crossing of the river. The Laurel Mountain had to be crossed in file, without a horse falling or a man dismounting, where no one before, even among the in habitants of that mountain, had ever dared to thread this rugged, steep, and precipitous path on horse back. For many miles the road was overhung by the loftiest precipic
Charles City (Iowa, United States) (search for this): article 14
sh. Editors of the Dispatch: --The fight at "Toney's" will ever be recollected by those who won its laurele, or participated in its toils and hardships. The length, dangers, and rapidity of the march, and the boldness of the men, scarcely find a parallel in the pages of history. About two hundred cavalry, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Clarkson, left Hamilton, just above the "Hawk's Nest," on the 10th inst., and reached "Toney's," on the Coal River, twelve miles above Charles on, about 10 A. M. on the 12th inst., a distance of eighty miles, and the troop either in a full gallop or straining of the horses for the last twenty miles. To reach "Toney's" the Coal River was forded ninety-seven times during the night of the 11th inst., under a violent storm of rain, and in the darkness so profound than one's hand was invisible. A torch had to be used at every crossing of the river. The Laurel Mountain had to be crossed in file, without a horse falling or a man dismou
Hawk's Nest, W. Va. (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 14
A brilliant skirmish. Editors of the Dispatch: --The fight at "Toney's" will ever be recollected by those who won its laurele, or participated in its toils and hardships. The length, dangers, and rapidity of the march, and the boldness of the men, scarcely find a parallel in the pages of history. About two hundred cavalry, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Clarkson, left Hamilton, just above the "Hawk's Nest," on the 10th inst., and reached "Toney's," on the Coal River, twelve miles above Charles on, about 10 A. M. on the 12th inst., a distance of eighty miles, and the troop either in a full gallop or straining of the horses for the last twenty miles. To reach "Toney's" the Coal River was forded ninety-seven times during the night of the 11th inst., under a violent storm of rain, and in the darkness so profound than one's hand was invisible. A torch had to be used at every crossing of the river. The Laurel Mountain had to be crossed in file, without a horse fal
William Powell (search for this): article 14
ining his head side-ways, saved his life, receiving a slight abrasion of the skin, on his neck, from a ball shot by a man, whom he instantly shot down. Sergeant Wm. Powell, Privates Willis Otey and James P. Lovell had their horses shot — Powell's dangerously. Sergeants Powell, Turner, and Wood, and Privates J. P. Turner, P. APowell's dangerously. Sergeants Powell, Turner, and Wood, and Privates J. P. Turner, P. A. James, J. L. Dickerson, John Brooks, G. T. Mattox, Poindexter, and H. S. Wright, may be favorably noticed for their success in killing and capturing the enemy. It is due to Captain Rosser to state that this brilliant skirmish was won while he had command; and on two most important occasions, and in the thickest part of the Sergeants Powell, Turner, and Wood, and Privates J. P. Turner, P. A. James, J. L. Dickerson, John Brooks, G. T. Mattox, Poindexter, and H. S. Wright, may be favorably noticed for their success in killing and capturing the enemy. It is due to Captain Rosser to state that this brilliant skirmish was won while he had command; and on two most important occasions, and in the thickest part of the fight, he was nearest to the enemy. At one time, far ahead of every one he was seen riding alone through the cornfield in pursuit of the armed fugitives. He captured an enemy mounted, and still holds the horse and saddle as trophies. Captain Phelns, next to Captain Rosser, was the first Captain in the skirmish, though his compa
William Pannell (search for this): article 14
, and the recapturing of the horses, beeves, wagons, goods, and prisoners. Captain Rosser's company cannot be too highly complimented for their courage and gallantry. Although every one displayed all the qualities of the soldier, a few instances of cool daring may be mentioned. Private Harrison, after killing his man, and finding his carbine unfit for further use, seized the man's musket and dashed alone in the midst of the enemy, receiving a shot through his jacket. Private William Pannell, to obtain a better sight of the enemy, and to shoot with greater accuracy, leaped upon the fence in the most dangerous of the conflict. Private Wiley Williams, expecting to be ordered on a farther pursuit, while the balls were flying thick around him, deliberately dismounted and nailed a shoe on his horse. Private W. G. Berhard, by great presence of mind, by quickly inclining his head side-ways, saved his life, receiving a slight abrasion of the skin, on his neck, from a
A brilliant skirmish. Editors of the Dispatch: --The fight at "Toney's" will ever be recollected by those who won its laurele, or participated in its toils and hardships. The length, dt-Colonel Clarkson, left Hamilton, just above the "Hawk's Nest," on the 10th inst., and reached "Toney's," on the Coal River, twelve miles above Charles on, about 10 A. M. on the 12th inst., a distanhe troop either in a full gallop or straining of the horses for the last twenty miles. To reach "Toney's" the Coal River was forded ninety-seven times during the night of the 11th inst., under a viold down many a steep hill. The enemy, numbering about two hundred an fifty, was overtaken at Toney's, and after a fierce resistance in an apple orchard and an old field, was entirely routed and dpondent is, that Captain Rosser's company cut up the enemy so quickly that upon their arrival at Toney's they had nothing to do but to pursue the scattered fugitives. In this skirmish not a rider-wa
n the road, and not reach the scene of action until the enemy were flying up the wood for concealment and escape. The enemy's loss was at least sixty killed, fifty wounded, and forty-nine prisoners, and the recapturing of the horses, beeves, wagons, goods, and prisoners. Captain Rosser's company cannot be too highly complimented for their courage and gallantry. Although every one displayed all the qualities of the soldier, a few instances of cool daring may be mentioned. Private Harrison, after killing his man, and finding his carbine unfit for further use, seized the man's musket and dashed alone in the midst of the enemy, receiving a shot through his jacket. Private William Pannell, to obtain a better sight of the enemy, and to shoot with greater accuracy, leaped upon the fence in the most dangerous of the conflict. Private Wiley Williams, expecting to be ordered on a farther pursuit, while the balls were flying thick around him, deliberately dismounted and
t this brilliant skirmish was won while he had command; and on two most important occasions, and in the thickest part of the fight, he was nearest to the enemy. At one time, far ahead of every one he was seen riding alone through the cornfield in pursuit of the armed fugitives. He captured an enemy mounted, and still holds the horse and saddle as trophies. Captain Phelns, next to Captain Rosser, was the first Captain in the skirmish, though his company was in the rear of the column. Captains Caskie and McGruder would have doubtless made their mark, as they stand high in the Legion as skillful and brave officers, had they not been detailed at headquarters on other duties. The reason why other companies, with their officers, are not noticed by your correspondent is, that Captain Rosser's company cut up the enemy so quickly that upon their arrival at Toney's they had nothing to do but to pursue the scattered fugitives. In this skirmish not a rider-was wounded or thrown, or a horse
n its laurele, or participated in its toils and hardships. The length, dangers, and rapidity of the march, and the boldness of the men, scarcely find a parallel in the pages of history. About two hundred cavalry, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Clarkson, left Hamilton, just above the "Hawk's Nest," on the 10th inst., and reached "Toney's," on the Coal River, twelve miles above Charles on, about 10 A. M. on the 12th inst., a distance of eighty miles, and the troop either in a full gallheavy loss of killed and wounded, by Captain Rosser's company, aided by half a dozen dashing bold soldiers from the other companies. Captain Rosser tooks command of the forces from the first or the conflict, and held it until the arrival of Colonel Clarkson, who, being delayed on the road, and not reach the scene of action until the enemy were flying up the wood for concealment and escape. The enemy's loss was at least sixty killed, fifty wounded, and forty-nine prisoners, and the recaptur
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