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,
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).
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,
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.,
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