march that some of his men and horses broke down and were left behind.
Finally emerging from the wilderness he suddenly entered the fertile valley of the Buckhannon, and after the first consternation due to his appearance had passed, was assailed continually on his march by the home guards of that region.
In one of the skirmishes Capt. J. M. Ferguson
was painfully wounded.
, by a skillful disposition of his cavalry and a gallant attack of three parties under Colonel Corns
, Captain Spotts
and Captain Preston
, the enemy was defeated, with a loss of 15 wounded and 20 prisoners, including the commanding officer
, Captain Marsh
. Lieut.-Col. A. F. Cook
, Eighth Virginia, and three others of Jenkins
' men were wounded.
now cast aside his shotguns, armed his men with handsome new rifles, and otherwise supplied himself, and then destroyed the remainder of the vast stores, including 5,000 stand of arms, ordnance stores, clothing, etc. At Weston
next morning, August 31st, the Federal
garrison escaped in the fog, leaving but a dozen prisoners, and Jenkins
destroyed all the public property, after which he drove the garrison out of Glenville
, and reaching Spencer
, September 2d, surprised and captured Col. J. C. Rathbone
and Maj. George C. Trimble
and their entire command, six companies of the Eleventh West Virginia infantry.
Having paroled the prisoners, Jenkins
went on to Ripley
, finding a lone paymaster, whose funds on hand, $5,525, were applied to the Confederate
cause, and then moved to Ravenswood
, where, after resting his men, he forded the Ohio river
on the evening of September 4th, and was the first to carry the Confederate
flag into Ohio
‘The excitement of the command as we approached the Ohio
shore was intense,’ he wrote, ‘and in the anxiety to be the first of their respective companies to reach the soil of those who had invaded us, all order was lost, and it became almost a universal race as we came into shoal water.
In a short time all were over, ’