Colt army pistols all the cam and garrison equipage, subsistence, forage, and ammunition and recapturing a large number of horses that had been stolen in West Virginia, and returning to camp on the 16th instant without the loss of a man, having marched 30 miles and back in thirty-two hours, over the hills on a bad road, and most of the time no road at all.
Colonel Ferguson's command is the same that captured General Scammon and staff and burned the steam-boat on the Kanawha.
I had to leave my district to attack Colonel Ferguson, but deemed it my duty to do so.
To the energy and officer-like conduct of Captain John C. Collins and Captain William H. Bartrum, Companies G and H, Fourteenth Kentucky Volunteers, I am much indebted for the success of the expedition.
I am, captain, your obedient servant,
GEO. W. GALLUP,
Colonel Commanding, District of East Tennessee.
Captain J. D. BERTOLETTE,
HDQRS. DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY,
Louisville, Ky., March 3, 1864
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V. The general commanding desires to express his thanks to Colonel George W. Gallup and the brave officers and men of the Fourteenth and Thirty-ninth Kentucky Volunteers who composed the late expedition into Virginia, which resulted in the defeat of a superior force of the enemy and the capture of 4 officers and 38 men, and a large amount of arms and munitions of war. The good judgment and ability displayed in planning and executing the expedition are highly commendable.
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By command of Brigadier-General Burbridge,
A. C. SEMPLE,
FEBRUARY 15-MARCH 6, 1864. - Expedition from Vicksburg to Grand Gulf, Miss.
Report of Colonel Charles A. Gilchrist, Twelfth Louisiana Infantry, African descent.
HDQRS. 12TH LOUISIANA, VOLS., AFRICAN DESCENT,
Vicksburg, Miss., March 9, 1864.
SIR: In obedience to orders this day received from headquarters Seventeenth Army Corps, I would respectfully make the following report:
Received orders from post headquarters on the 14th of February, 1864, of which the following is a copy:
HEADQUARTERS OF THE POST AND DEFENSES,
Vicksburg, Miss., February 14, 1864.
The Twelfth Regiment Louisiana Infantry, African descent, will hold itself in readiness to embark on board steam-boat for Grand Gulf, Miss., reporting on arrival there to Brigadier-General Ellet, commanding Mississippi Marine Bridge.