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ain to die in the last ditch, if die they must, performed a grand strategical movement, and fell back to a new base of operations at Cameron, Moundsville, Wheeling, and various other points in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Those whose lips retained the crimson hue of natural life, and whose knees did not quake like Caesar's with the ague in Spain, remained and busied themselves in hunting up arms, and in making every effort to defend the place against the impending assault. A delegation went to Mannington, and returned on Tuesday morning with two companies of militia and as many guns as were fit for use. The whole defensive force consisted of only three hundred men, made up of companies D and F, One Hundred and Sixth New-York volunteers--one hundred and five men; two companies of the One Hundred and Seventy-sixth Virginia militia--one hundred and seventeen men; thirty-eight men of company A, Sixth Virginia; a few of company B, Sixth Virginia, and about forty citizen soldiers. The rebel a
welcomed the appearance of their defenders. Our trains reached Mannington a little after noon, and the appearance of the troops there, as ethrough the offices of one Jolliffe, who, when the trains entered Mannington, mounted a horse and galloped off in hot haste to Farmington, to of which were consumed. The upper one is about four miles below Mannington, and the other some quarter of a mile below it. It is feared thatis especially very great. Sunday night several bridges between Mannington and Glover's Gap were guarded by the citizens of the former placeheir number. Glover's Gap is a way station several miles above Mannington, inhabited by but one or two families, but surrounded by a secesscut not half a mile from this place. The Ohio Regiment reached Mannington Monday evening, just at dark, having felt their way over the road was returned by the Ohio men, who gave three for the citizens of Mannington. The citizens then proffered their houses for quarters for the s
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, West Virginia Volunteers. (search)
the Army of West Virginia. Participated in the West Virginia Campaign July 6-17. Assigned to 2nd Regiment as Company A. Company B, Grafton Guards, organized May 20, 1861. Moved to Wheeling, W. Va., and mustered in May 25. Moved to Mannington June 28, thence to Grafton July 1, and to Phillippi July 4. West Virginia Campaign July 6-17. Laurel Hill July 7. Carrick's Ford July 13. Moved to Beverly and assigned to 2nd Regiment as Company B. (A detachment of Company at BealiVeteran Infantry (which see). Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 57 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 88 Enlisted men by disease. Total 151. 6th West Virginia Regiment Infantry. Organized at Grafton, Mannington, Cairo, Parkersburg and Wheeling, W. Va., August 13 to December 26, 1861. Attached to Railroad District, West Virginia, to March, 1862. Railroad District, Mountain Department, to July, 1862. Railroad District, 8th Army Corps, Middle De
In response to this appeal General Lee could only say that he would furnish some arms at Staunton, Va., and give Heck authority to recruit a regiment in the valley and mountain counties on the road to Grafton. Meanwhile, Colonel Porterfield had received advices of the concentration of Federal troops on the Ohio river, at Marietta and Bellaire and on Wheeling island, with the intention of invading the State; and he thereupon caused the destruction of the railroad bridges at Farmington and Mannington, northwest of Grafton, and one on the Parkersburg line. Almost simultaneously Gen. George B. McClellan, in command of the Federal department of Ohio, issued a proclamation to the people of western Virginia, declaring that armed traitors are destroying the property of citizens of your State and ruining your magnificent railways, that the general government had heretofore carefully abstained from invading the State, or posting troops on the border, pending the election, but now cannot cl
n sent out the night before. arrival at Mannington. Our trains reached Mannington a littleMannington a little after noon, and the appearance of the troops there as everywhere else, took the people completely bhela is especially very great It was said in Mannington that the Union men of Fairmont were guardingcitizens of the former place. return to Mannington. The Ohio Regiment reached Mannington oMannington on Monday evening, just at dark, having felt their way over the road, examining all the bridges to seday or two. There are now more than men at Mannington and the camp below. There is no doubt that out the time the bridges were burned between Mannington and Farmington. When the secessionists marcng to Grafton is 100 miles. From Wheeling to Mannington the distance is 60 miles Farmington is 7 milis road, so that these troops, like those at Mannington, will be detained. more troops for Grafred more Ohio troops have just left here for Mannington, to join the troops of Col. Kelley's command[4 more...]
gs of Federal troops in Western Virginia. The correspondent of the Wheeling Intelligencer, of Thursday, supplies the following additional intelligence of the movement of the United States forces from the Ohio river toward Grafton: At Mannington we learned that Stephen Roberts, the leader of the secessionists at Glover's Gap, seven miles west of Mannington, was shot and instantly killed by a squad of Capt. Haye's men, who have possession of that post. It appears that the squad were sMannington, was shot and instantly killed by a squad of Capt. Haye's men, who have possession of that post. It appears that the squad were scouting on Tuesday morning, and came across Roberts and two other men, all armed. The lieutenant in command of the squad called upon the Secessionists to halt, but instead of doing so, they wheeled about and fired upon the soldiery. The fire was returned, and Roberts was killed, though the others took to their heels and made their escape. The Minnie ball passed entirely through his body. Capt. Hayes has succeeded in arresting several Secessionists about the Gap, who are suspected of having a
Court of Inquiry which he has "solicited" shall do its duty, it will find the following facts: 1st. That the reason that induced Col. Porterfield to evacuate Grafton applied with equal force to the town of Phillippi, the geographical formation of the two places being similar. 2d. That both on June the first and June the second, he had information of the force and presence of the enemy at Grafton; the said enemy having reconstructed the inconsiderable bridges at Flemington and Mannington which Col. P. had destroyed, and that the enemy, with the use of the trains of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and with the local employees of that road affiliated with him, and in his employ, was able to pour in with rapidity the troops under his command from Bel Air; that the enemy had artillery: Col. Porterfield none. 3d. That on Sunday evening, June second, all activity was visible in Col. Porterfield's command; that both horses and wagons were pressed for the public service; th
ts were fired upon the men by Confederates from concealed position, without effect. A scouting party were sent out and some five or six of the party with arms in their hands were captured and brought into camp. Among the rest were three of the Poe family, father and two sons. A large number of prisoners were being brought into camp every day by the scouts, and active preparations were being made to clean out the guerilla who are infesting the mountains. A sad accident occurred near Mannington on Saturday night by which two soldiers of the 20th Ohio regiment were probably killed. They were standing guard upon the track and both fell asleep. The train came along, and passed directly over their bodies, killing one man instantly and inquiring the other so that he cannot recover. Movement of troops. The fleet of steamers which left Bellaire a few days ago conveying the Ohio 17th and 19th regiments, as we all supposed to Kanawha, stopped at Parkersburg, and the two regimen
(Republican) has the following letter narrating the exploits of the Federal troops in Western Virginia: Shinnston, Va., June 22.--Yesterday a detachment of Ohio troops, under Capt. Calle, of the 20th regiment, company I, arrived here from Mannington, via Hessville and Lumbersport, at which last place they took several prisoners. Shortly after nightfall Capt. Calle detached a squad of men to go down to Righter's, under the guidance of two of our citizens. On arriving at Righter's house Ca stables, barn, and all the outbuildings, and they were consumed in one general conflagration. I was present and witnessed it. They then took all the horses on the farm, several wagons and buggies, loaded the wounded men into them and moved to Mannington. Another company from Fairmont went to Worthington — About 150 came down from Clarksburg this afternoon, and in company with a body of Home Guards from Simpson's creek, went over to the Coon's run country just after dark. Their object is to f
ast him thirty days. He had repulsed a large force of the rebels on the Tennessee side, and no doubt was entertained that he could hold the position until assistance arrived. This assistance was being rapidly hurried forward. The rebel emissary who passed through Buffalo a day or two ago, supposed to be Wm. L. Yancey, turns out to be no more important a personage than Geo. N. Sanders. He sailed in the steamship Jura from Quebec on Saturday. The citizens of Fairmont, Clarksburg, Mannington, and other points in Western Virginia, have been greatly exercised of late, lest the guerrillas might make a dash upon them, Gen. Kelly having drawn off the troops stationed there to meet Gen. Imbader who was moving up from Pendleton will a rebel force. It is believed that great numbers of the Maryland Secessionists have crossed the Potomac into Virginia, to join the rebel service, since the promulgation of the order for the draft. It is asserted that an entire company of cavalry lef
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