On August 26th the Federals
, 70 strong, were captured by partisans.
In the latter part of September, a brilliant raid was made by Lieut.-Col. V. A. Witcher
from Tazewell county
through West Virginia
On the 25th he captured and burned the fortified camp at Bulltown
, surprised Weston
on the evening of the next day, capturing a large amount of stores and seizing over $5,000 from the Exchange bank; destroyed stores at Janelew; at Buckhannon
on the 28th captured the garrison, including Maj. T. F. Lang
, and burned a very large quantity of quartermaster, commissary and medical stores, and about 1,000 stand of small-arms.
Returning to Greenbrier county
he brought out 400 horses and 200 cattle.
His battalions were under the command of Captains McFarlane
, P. J. and W. D. Thurmond
About the same time Maj. J. H. Nounnan
was sent from Tazewell
to the mouth of the Coal
, but being unable to cross the river, he retired after securing a considerable amount of supplies from a store-boat.
his men and a body of Federals collided in full speed, and the Confederates
, with Nounnan
, were worsted in the melee.
But his expedition served a good purpose in drawing attention from Witcher
In the latter part of the same month, Witcher
moved into the Mud river
region, and rode through Teay's valley against a garrison at Winfield
, a company of the Seventh West Virginia.
He sent his men into the town in two detachments, Capt. Philip J. Thurmond
In the desperate fight in the streets which followed, Thurmond
was mortally wounded at the head of his command.
With continued audacity Witcher
turned his attention to the Big Sandy river
early in November, on the 5th captured and burned the United States
armed steamers Barnum
shoals, and on the same day captured and destroyed the military stores at Mellonsburg