War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0673 Chapter LV. SKIRMISH AT CHARLESTOWN, W. VA.

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night to Snicker's Gap, where they remained. The balance of the brigade remained in camp and guarded the herds which had thus far been driven in.

December 1, the First and Sixth U. S. Cavalry drove the herds across the river and went into camp near the river. The Second United States and Second Massachusetts returned to Snickersville and went into camp. 2nd, the Second U. S. and Second Massachusetts Cavalry rejoined the brigade. One regiment of the brigade assisted in driving the heard and the balance of the brigade marched in rear of the division. The brigade went into camp with the division near Stone Chapel and picketed the country in its front, connecting on the left with General Devin's and on the right with Colonel Stagg's pickets. During the march one of the First U. S. Cavalry, who had straggled from the column, was killed by a bushwhacker near Berryville. 3rd, marched in the same order as yesterday and went into camp near Kernstown.

The following is a list of the property destroyed and captured by the brigade:

List of Number. Average value. Total value.



Horses 87 $100 00 $8,700 00

Beef-cattle 474 30 00 14,220 00

Sheep 100 6 00 600 00

Total .............. .............. 23,520 00


Barns 230 100 00 23,000 00

Mills 8 200 00 1,600 00

Distilleries 1 1,000 00 1,000 00

Hay........ton 10,000 30 00 300,000 00


Grain.....bush 25,000 2 50 62,500 00


Total .............. .............. 388,100 00

Total captured .............. .............. 411,620 00

and destroyed

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


Lieutenant-Colonel Second Massachusetts Cavalry, Comdg. Brigadier

Major A. E. DANA,

Assistant Adjutant-General, First Cavalry Division.

NOVEMBER 29, 1864.-Skirmish at Charlestown, W. Va.

Report of Captain Nathaniel Payne, Twelfth Pennsylvania Cavalry.


Charleston, W. Va., November 30, 1864.

LIEUTENANT: I have the honor to report to you that, in accordance with information of yesterday, our reserve post was attacked by the rebels last night between the hours of 11 and 12 o'clock, killing two men, wounding one, and capturing five of our men and nineteen horses. The enemy lost in killed one man (a young Bailey) and three wounded.