In the latter part of October, a detachment of some ninety men from the army of Gen. Floyd
, under Col. Peters
and Major Backley
, started from Camp Logan
, in Wythe county
, to recover some Confederate prisoners that had been captured as the mouth of Mate creek
by some companies of Leemok, Home Guards, and carried off to Peters
's creek in Kentucky
After traveling two days they reached the enemy, and at once charged his camp, when a bush fight occurred, which lasted from 11 o'clock in the morning until dark, resulting in the recapture of the prisoners, the killing of some six or eight of the Union
men, and the capture of a few prisoners and several horses.
On our side as one was injured, and the party crossed into Virginia
and encamped for the night.
Next morning four independent companies volunteered in the service of the State
line, and the expedition returned to Camp Logan
stronger by 200 men than when it left.
Another expedition was organized a few days subsequent to the return of the first and started under commend of Col. Peters
and Lt.-Col. Houndshell
, with 275 men, composed of cavalry and one mountain howitzer.
Their destination was Wolf creek
where it runs into the Tug fork
of Sandy river
On the second day they reached Warfield
, where they surprised a party of Union men who were about to enjoy a horse race, and captured 18 or 20 horses.
The expedition remained at Warfield
that night and the next day. The next morning the party took up the line of march for the Forks
of the Sandy
They had not proceeded far, however, until they were fired upon from the brush on a hill side which flanked the whole command.
was shot from his horse, and two privates wounded, one dangerously and the other through the shoulder.
The fight was then commenced, and the enemy driven back ever a mile and a half. Col. Peters
was wounded in the leg. That night the expedition started on its return march, and brought with it about 25 fine horses, as many beef cattle, and all of our wounded.
The Union force is said to have numbered four hundred.