skirmishing with the enemy, while Jones
, with the remainder of the cavalry, destroyed three bridges at Cairo
At Oiltown, May 9th, all the oil and everything connected with the oil works were fired, causing an appalling spectacle.
Oil boats burst with a report like artillery, dense volumes of smoke arose, and the inflammable fluid, floating down stream, made a burning river, as Jones
reported, ‘carrying destruction to our merciless enemy, a scene of magnificence that might well carry joy to every patriotic heart.’
Then turning southward, Jones
again united with Imboden
, whence Col. G. W. Imboden
had pursued a force of the enemy to Gauley
, capturing 23 prisoners and a wagon train, and the forces returned to their former positions.
reported that he had compelled the enemy to destroy large and valuable stores at Beverly
and Big Birch, captured $100,000 worth of horses, mules, wagons and arms, burned several bridges, and brought out over 3,000 head of cattle, paid for in Confederate money.
But he was disappointed in recruits, only about 400 having been received.
He had, marched 400 miles and lost 16 men. Jones
had destroyed sixteen railroad bridges and one tunnel, two trains of cars and many engines, captured 700 prisoners, and brought off 1,000 horses and a greater number of cattle.
His march had covered 700 miles, and he had lost about 75 men. He reported that his men had ‘shown a skill in gleaning a precarious existence from a country desolated by two years of oppressive tyranny and brutal war that would have won the admiration of the most approved Cossack
In the spring of 1863, the following was the organization of the army of Western Virginia, Maj.-Gen. Samuel Jones
First brigade, Brig.-Gen. John Echols: Twenty-second regiment, Col. George S. Patton; Forty-fifth regiment, Col. William H. Browne; Twenty-third battalion, Lieut.-