HDQRS. ELEVENTH Regiment OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY,
Winfield, Va., April 30, 1862.
Captain G. M. BASCOM,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Hdqrs. District of the Kanawha:
SIR: I have the honor to report that the expedition sent out from this point under Major Jackson to Mud Creek returned yesterday. It appears that after leaving Garrett's Mill, about dark on Sunday evening, our men were fired upon by a party of bushwhackers in ambush, their shots, however, not taking effect. The fire was briskly returned by our men, but with what result is not known, as it was so dark the enemy could not be distinguished or pursued. On Monday morning some of them made their appearance, but ran on the approach of our troops. These men-of whom there are supposed to be about 100-traverse the country in small gangs and rally together upon notice given them by citizens of danger; this, at least, seems to have been the case during the recent expedition. (I would state that our men did not pursue the usual route of travel.)
The distance from this place to Garrett's Mill is about 25 miles; it is some miles nearer Guyandotte than Winfield.
Subsistence taken from citizens was receipted for by Major Jackson. Inclosed I send charges against two men-Jacob Douglas and A. McLain-sent here from Coalsmouth by Lieutenant Young. Please inform me what to do with the prisoners.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. H. COLEMAN,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Eleventh Ohio Volunteers.
SPECIAL ORDERS, WAR DEPARTMENT,
No. 95. Adjt. General 's Office, Washington, April 30, 1862.
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V. Brigadier General George L. Hartsuff, U. S. Volunteers, will believe Brigadier General J. J. Abercrombie in his present command. The staff of the division will remain on duty with it until further orders. General Abercrombie, having turned over his command, will repair to Philadelphia and await further orders.
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By order of the Secretary of War:
Abstract from Brigade Return* of the Department of the Shenandoah, Major General N. P. Banks commanding, for month of April, 1862.
Present for duty.
Command. Offi-cers Men. Aggregate Aggregate Pieces
present present of
Donnelly's brigade 108 2,639 3,055 3,430 ...
Abercrombie's .... .... .... ..... ....
Gordon's brigade 116 2,889 3,287 3,750 ....
Artillery (six 21 471 533 598 26
cavalry (Hatch's) 142 2,792 3,273 3,762 .....
* Incomplete. No departmental return found for this period.