War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0641 Chapter LV. EXPEDITION INTO THE KANAWHA VALLEY, W. VA.

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The road traveled was a bridle-path for sixty miles. My men and horses suffered very much on the mountains for rations. I lost only one man; he was captured.

My thanks are due to Captain McFarlane, commanding thirty-fourth Battalion Virginia Cavalry, also to capts. P. J. and W. D. Thurmond and W. H. Payne, all of whom did their whole duty. Cadet Buffington behaved in a very gallant and soldiery manner during the raid.

I would most respectfully call the attention of the general commanding to the gallant and meritorious conduct of Lieutenant J. W. Branham, aide-de-camp; also to Adjutant Wada, thirty-fourth Battalion Virginia Cavalry, both of whom were at all times at their posts.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

V. A. WITCHER,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

Captain JOHN L. SANDFORD,

Asst. Adjt. General, Dept.. of Southwest Va. and East Tenn.

SEPTEMBER 23-OCTOBER 1, 1864-Nounnan's expedition into the Kanawha Valley, W. Va., including skirmish at Coalsmouth (September 30).

REPORTS.

No. 1.-Brigadier General Jeremiah C. Sullivan, U. S. Army, commanding Kanawha Valley forces.

No. 2.-Major James H. Nounnan, Sixteenth Virginia Cavalry, commanding expedition.

No. 3._Captain Joshua E. Hobbs, Sixty-forth Virginia Cavalry.

No. 1. Report of Brigadier General Jeremiah C. Sullivan, U. S. Army, commanding Kanawha Valley forces.

CHARLESTON, October 1, 1864.

A force of the enemy, 150 strong, attacked the post at Coalsmouth at 9 o'clock last night. They were driven off; their loss was five wounded and one killed. the force form Winfield pursued and captured one prisoner.

J. C. SULLIVAN,

Brigadier-General.

Captain BIER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

No. 2. Report of Major James H. Nounnan, Sixteenth Virginia Cavalry, commanding expedition.

DUBLIN, October 18, 1864.

Major J. STODDARD JOHNSTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, &c.:

MAJOR: I inclose the report of Major J. H. Nounnan of an expedition to the Kanawha Valley. The part borne by Captain Hobbs, of Pridemore's regiment, is particularly worthy of notice.

I am, major, very respectfully, &c.,

JNO. ECHOLS,

Brigadier-General.

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