War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0665 Chapter LV. AFFAIR AT NEW CREEK, W. VA.

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


Piedmont, W. Va., November 30, 1864.

GENERAL: I have the honor of making the following report of the engagement at Piedmont, W. Va., on the 28th of November:

About 1 o'clock I learned that New Creek was surprised and captured. I was confident that the enemy would send a force here for the purpose of destroying the railroad shops and machinery. I ordered my detachment of twenty men from Bloomington here, which made my force number thirty-five effective men. The enemy, no less than 300 strong, under Major McDonald, approached the town about 2 p. m., on the New Creek road. I commenced skirmishing with them on this road, but finding that I was greatly outnumbered in force, I fell back across the river on the hill, where my position was more safe. This position gave me a good command of the town. They attempted to cross the river twice, but were repulsed each time. I fought them three hours, when they retreated on the Elk Garden road. They only succeeded in burning one of the round-houses of the shops. They left one man killed and one mortally wounded. I cannot give you the true number of wounded, but I think they had ten or fifteen wounded.

My command fought well and deserves the greatest praise. A large portion of them were recruits, and the first time they were under fire.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Captain Company A, Sixth West Virginia Volunteer Infantry.

[General B. F. KELLEY.]

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


Cumberland, Md., December 3, 1864.

CAPTAIN: In answer to your letter of 2nd instant relative to the destruction of Government property at New Creek, W. Va., on the 28th ultimo, by the rebel raiders, I find it will be impossible, at present, to give you an accurate list f the property lost or destroyed, owing to the loss of the papers and books at New Creek. I give below a list of the principal articles which is as correct as can be ascertained at this time:

Clothing, camp and garrison equipage: 225 hats, 300 caps, 160 dress coats, 1,400 uniform jackets, 1,200 trowsers (mounted), 500 trowsers (foot), 400 blouses, 1,500 flannel shirts, 1,500 pairs drawers, 500 pairs boots, 2,000 pairs stockings, 750 great coats (mounted and foot), 330 woolen blankets, 250 rubber blankets, 250 knapsacks, 250 haversacks, 300 canteens, 100 axes, 100 spades, 100 shovels, 100 camp-kettles, 100 mess-pans, 50 hatchets, 4 camp colors, 23 guidons, 4 wall-tents, 500 shelter-tents, 350 pickaxes and handles, 54 Sibley tent stoves, 150 com-