War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0653 Chapter LV. AFFAIR AT NEW CREEK, W. VA.

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greater portion of the rebels made good their escape. Their force consisted of about 100; was that recently commanded by McNeill, now commanded by Woodson. We captured eight of them, wounding one, all of whom were brought in. We suffered no loss. We captured and brought in the horses of the above-named prisoners and a few others, together with 46 cattle (beef) and 460 head of sheep. A portion of this stock had been driven into the country by the rebel son their raiding expeditions, and the balance belonged to the citizens who are rebel sympathizers. There is yet a considerable amount of stock suitable for army use, and a very large amount of forage in the vicinity of Moorefield, which is being collected and sent off the rebel army. The rebel force at Moorefield was preparing for a raid upon our lines when we reached the place. We returned to this place at 5 p. m. on the 8th.

The conduct of the troops on the expedition was all that could have been desired.

I will forward a complete report or list of our captures, with descriptions, &c.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. R. LATHAM,

Colonel Fifth West Virginia Cavalry.

Lieutenant C. A. FREEMAN,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Cumberland, Md.

NOVEMBER 27-28, 1864.-Skirmishes at Moorefield (27th and 28th), affair at New Creek (28th), and skirmish (28th) at Piedmont, W. Va.

REPORTS.

No. 1.-Major General Philip H. Sheridan U. S. Army, commanding Middle Military Division.

No. 2.-Major C. Seaforth Steart, Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army, of the defenses of New Creek.

No. 3.-Brevet Major General Benjamin F. Kelley, U. S. Army, commanding U. S. forces on railroad west of Hancock, Md.

No. 4.-Colonel George R. Latham, Fifth West Virginia Cavalry, commanding U. S. forces at New Creek, W. Va.

No. 5.-Lieutenant Colonel Rufus E. Fleming, Sixth West Virginia Cavalry, of operations November 27.

No. 6.-Major Peter J. Potts, Sixth West Virginia Cavalry, of operations November 26-December 1.

No. 7.-Captain John Fisher, Sixth West Virginia Infantry, of operations November 28.

No. 8.-Captain George W. Harrison, Assistant Quartermaster, U. S. Army, of property captured and destroyed November 28.

No. 9.-Quartermaster Agent H. L. Winants, of operations November 28.

No. 10.-General Robert E. Lee, C. S. Army.

No. 11.-Brigadier General Thomas L. Rosser, C. S. Army.

No. 1. Report of Major General Philip H. Sheridan, U. S. Army, commanding Middle Military Division.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

December 12, 1864.

GENERAL: Inclosed please find detailed report of the capture of the post of New Creek. The place had a sufficient garrison to resist an