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West Virginia.--The 9th West Virginia Infantry, composed largely of refugees, was prominently engaged at Cloyd's Mountain, where it led a successful assault, but with a loss of 45 killed and 144 wounded. In this action its color-guard entered the enemy's works in advance of the line, every one of them falling, killed or wounded; and, after the fight, twenty-one men lay dead around the flags, twelve of whom were Confederates.

The 2d West Virginia Infantry was changed to mounted infantry in June, 1863, and in January, 1864, to the 5th West Virginia Cavalry. The 3d Infantry was changed to mounted infantry in November, 1863, and to the 6th Cavalry in January, 1864. The 8th Infantry was changed to the 7th Cavalry in January, 1864. The 1st Veteran Infantry was formed, November 9, 1864, by consolidating the reenlisted veterans and recruits with unexpired terms belonging to the 5th and 9th Infantry; and the 2d Veteran Infantry was formed, December 21, 1864, by consolidating the veterans and recruits of the 1st and 4th Infantry. The 4th West Virginia Infantry served, also, in Blair's Division of the Fifteenth Corps, and in the assault on Vicksburg--May 19th and 22d--lost 156 in killed and wounded.

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