Adjutant wheeler's report.
says, in addition to what he has written, that the first intimation he or any one else had of the attack upon the town — all was confusion, and indiscriminate fighting was going on in the streets.
The attack was made about seven o'clock in the evening, and in a short time the rebels had formed their lines around the town.
made his escape, in company with his little boy, by running into a cornfield with a heavy fire in his rear.
He walked all night before he met a man whom he dared to approach upon the subject of crossing the river.
When he did finally encounter a Union (?) man, he had to employ the persuasive chink of the almighty dollar before he could be accommodated.
acted gallantly, appearing in the streets and urging his men to resistance.
The secession citizens who knew of the contemplated attack, had succeeded in completely deluding Whaley
's men. There was not a single picket out at the time of the attack, and no alarm was given.
Ironton Register account.
Our neighboring town of Guyandotte, Virginia
, opposite the upper part of this county — a town of about one thousand inhabitants when the war began — was the theatre of tragic events and terrible scenes last Sunday night and Monday.
The town is two-thirds in ashes — hotels, business houses, and dwellings, all in one dreadful ruin.
The people — nearly all of the bitterest and most violent secessionists and rebels, with scarcely “ten righteous” among them, far in advance, in rebel work, of any in all Western Virginia
--the people have met with a terrible retribution, awfully severe, yet the fruit of their own works.
What a reward is theirs!
Ten of its leading men now prisoners in jail, their stores, hotels, and fine residences in total ruins, their families wanderers!
Col. K. V. Whaley
, of Wayne Co., Va.
, was forming the Ninth Virginia regiment, with his camp at Guyandotte
He had altogether about one hundred and fifty men, but many were absent on furlough last Sunday.
On Saturday, thirty-five men of the cavalry of Col. Zeigler
's Fifth Virginia, under Lieuts. Feazzel
, joined him; and probably Col. Whaley
had on Sunday night, when attacked, not to exceed one hundred and thirty-five or one hundred and forty men under his command in Guyandotte
Eighteen were in the hospital, mostly with the measles.
The attack was sudden, and entirely unexpected, and his men were “taking it easy” --some at church, some sauntering about town, some asleep in their quarters, and only a “camp guard” out, no “pickets” out. In short, they were in a criminally careless condition, and, so far as Col. Whaley
was concerned, merited to be “cleaned out,” and it was done, although there was abundant evidence of his gallant conduct in the fight.
About eight o'clock in the evening the rebel guerilla cavalry of Col. Jenkins
, in force estimated from four hundred to eight hundred--very good authority
puts it at eight hundred, but probably four hundred is nearer the actual number — suddenly fell upon Col. Whaley
, from different directions.
was instantly the word in Whaley
's camp; the men gathered in squads, sheltering themselves behind buildings, embankments, and from the darkness of their various places of making “stands,” made a gallant resistance of over an hour, pouring a dreadful fire in upon their assailants in the streets.
From their scattered condition at the onset, probably not many over one hundred Union men got to their guns — Enfield
rifles, but those that did, fought desperately against four to one, and they only gave up the fight, at last, when overwhelmed by the superior numbers.
There was a sanguinary struggle at the bridge over the Guyandotte River
, and those who have since visited the bridge report it covered with blood, as in a slaughter-house.
Some of the Federal
troops were killed here, and their bodies are said to have been thrown off the bridge into the river by their rebel antagonists.
A reliable man, who was in the fight, tells us that one wounded man begged not to be thrown over, but he says, “I heard a splash.”
Three of our men attempted to swim the Guyandotte River
; two of them are reported shot; one did swim the river, but he received a bullet in the leg. One man was pulled out from under a house.
Another concealed near says: “I heard an officer yell, ‘Here, shoot this d — d Yankee
” Wm. Wilson
, of Marion
, in this county, is said to have been thrown from the bridge.
He swam out, concealed himself, and after daylight the next morning, he with another man, having passed up under the bank of the Ohio
, was shot from the house of Robert Stewart
, a notorious rebel, just above Guyandotte
, and wounded severely in the thigh.
was lying at Fuller
's, in Quaker Bottom
, Monday night. Yells of the infuriated rebels were often heard, such as: “Don't let a man escape!”
“Give 'em hell!”
“Take no prisoners!”
and language not best to repeat.
There are reports of firing on our men from the windows in town; so men in the fight say.
The rebels pursued the squads, charging upon them around the corners, running down individuals, killing some, wounding others, taking others prisoners; and after the fight was over, they hunted many from places where they had attempted to conceal themselves.
The rebel troops held possession of the town until about eight o'clock Monday morning, whom they left, just as the steamer Boston
, with a portion of the Fifth Virginia, under command of Col. Zeigler
, was about arriving, and other Union soldiers were gathering in; for the country, for thirty miles above and thirty below, had been alarmed.
We find it a difficult matter to arrive at the exact loss on either side, but probably can get fully as near to it as usual in such cases, perhaps nearer.
The dead bodies of six--four Union, two rebels — have been brought down to Ceredo
, one of them a rebel captain.
They carried off their wounded, except one we hear of, said to be mortally wounded in the side.
Also, they carried away, in wagons that belonged to Col. Whaley
's men, several dead bodies.
The names of the dead on our side, as far as we can learn, are James Massie
, Wm. Vititoe
, Pleasant Lunsford
, all from the northeast part of this county, and John Malloy
, an Irishman.
We can arrive certainly at ten wounded on our side — among them Wm. Wilson
, Clement Nance
, George Sines, and Amos Lambert
, of the northeast part of this county.
The leg of Sines
was broken by a ball.
Also a man named Bragg
was among the wounded.
Dr. G. B. Bailey
, of Portsmouth
, who commanded the Portsmouth Company
in the First Ohio, at the Bull Run
defeat, is said to have been shot in the chin, and taken prisoner.
He was acting as assistant surgeon in Col. Whaley
We know, leaving out of account any reported thrown into the river, that of the Federal
troops five were killed, ten wounded--this positive; others probably killed and wounded.
The rebel loss was probably greater, for they were exposed in the open streets, while our men fought from sheltered positions.