War of the Rebellion: Serial 095 Page 1326 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA, MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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not been that a scout of West Virginia troops, under a Captain Allen, were prowling throwing the neighborhood of my route only a day ahead of me, robbing the people (I know of no other appropriate name to call it), under the pretense of gathering up United States property, it is very likely that I could have found many Government horses and other property; but the people, being warned of my approach, drove all horses to the mountains and concealed effectually all other property. I regret to say that this Captain Allen did not fall into my hands.

I returned after an absence of twelve days with my horses in better condition than when I left. The delay in forwarding this report is due to my serious illness since my return.

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

W. OWENS,

Colonel Eighth Ohio Cavalry Volunteers.

Major T. MELVIN,

Asst. Adjt. General, Dept. of West Virginia, Cumberland, Md.

(Through Brigade and Division Headquarters.)

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA, Cumberland, June 20, 1865.

Respectfully forwarded to Lieutenant Colonel A. E. King, assistant adjutant-general, Middle Division, for the information of the general-commanding.

So much of this report as relates to Captain Allen, of the State Scouts, has been submitted to His Excellency the Governor of West Virginia for his information.

W. H. EMORY,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding.