able to find who was in command on the hill, and finding my men very much exposed and in a position in which they could render no service, I took the responsibility of ordering them to secure their horses behind the cabins and to go into the ditches. Directly I met with Colonel Johnson. I informed him of the steps which I had taken and my reason therefor. He approved of them.
The trenches were so much crowded on the left flank that I was not able to get more than 12 or 15 of my carbineers in a position where they could shoot at the enemy with any effect. This detachment, however, kept up a regular and effective fire until the close of the engagement.
I take pleasure in stating that all of my men, and especially those posted where they could fire on the enemy, behaved with coolness and bravery and obeyed my orders promptly.
None of my command sustained any injury except Private John Nuckols, who was slightly wounded in both hands and in the left arm by a musket ball. Only two of my horses were wounded.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. E. DABNEY,
Second Lieutenant, Commanding Pittsylvania Cavalry.
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
No. 10. Return of casualties in Colonel Edward Johnson's command in the engagement at Camp Alleghany, December 13, 1861.*
Killed Wounded Missing .
Command Offi Enlis Offi Enlis Offi Enli Aggre
cers ted cers ted cers sted gate
men men men
Brigade staff - - 2 - - - 2
Twelfth 1 5 1 36 - 4 47
Twenty-fifth 1 1 - 11 - 5 18
Thirty-first 1 5 4 27 - - 37
Fifty-second - - - 2 - 6 8
Hansbrough's 1 3 1 10 - 13 28
Lee Battery 1 - - - - - 1
Miller's - 1 1 3 - - 5
Totals 5 15 9 89 - 28 146
DECEMBER 15, 1861.-Affair in Roane County, West Virginia.
Extract from "Record of Eents," return of Department of Western Virginia, for the month of December, 1861.
December 15, Captain Baggs, with a company of scouts, pursued the bushwhackers into Roane County, on the Little Kanawha, attacked and routed them, killing 5, wounding several, and taking 9 prisoners, 6 horses, a yoke of oxen, and burned down the houses in which they were quartered. Lowerburn, a noted guerrilla, was killed.
*Compiled from nominal list made by Lieutenant Willis, acting assistant adjutant-general.