On the 4th there was a severe skirmish at Petersburg Gap, and on the 15th one at Smithfield
On the night of September 6th, 26 men under Captains Burke
attacked the camp of two companies of Pennsylvania
six months men at Bath
, killed Captain Hebble
and a number of his men, and brought away 23 prisoners and 50 horses.
On the 11th, Captains Imboden
, with about 150 men, attacked 300 Federals under Major Stephens
, at dawn charging into their camp with a yell, effectually surprising the enemy.
Thirty Federals were killed or seriously wounded, 8 officers and 38 privates captured, and all the ammunition and supplies taken in charge.
Two attacks were made upon the little band on their retreat, but they escaped with the loss of only 8 or 10 men and some of the captured horses.
Reconnoissances and skirmishes continued all along the line.
On the 24th there was an encounter at Greenbrier bridge with Averell
, Morrow and Gilmor
made a demonstration against Charlestown
, October 7th, and encountered a detachment under Captain Summers
, who was killed.
The West Virginia
, U. S. V., garrison at Bulltown
was attacked by Colonel Jackson
October 13th, but after a fight which continued through the day, the Federal
troops held their fortifications.
Being reinforced the next day they pursued Jackson
, but were checked at Salt Lick bridge.
The continual fighting about Charlestown
had weakened the Federal
force there, but it was thought by the Federal
authorities that the Ninth Maryland regiment, under Colonel Simpson
, was sufficient.
He made a reconnoissance, and found no force in his front except the Forty-first Virginia battalion under Maj. Robert White
, at Berryville
, ‘not the old White (E. V.), but another man,’ the Federals
reported, ‘whose men say they have been in the valley but two or three weeks’ But Imboden
, and on Sunday morning,