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Re: MOC "Colours of the Gray" flags captured.

>>>>>Hello Joe,
All that and you & Bill have yet to provide data to support your side of the flag debate, just repeating the same, I was hopping for something a bit more concrete. Howard had to had a little bit much at the bar to agree with the ANV design you presented here.

Happy Trails!
Tom Martin

Hi Tom

We are doing nothing but going around and around here, 1st let me dummy this down alittle here, if I would send you a flag it would not be a flag of your state it would be a flag from my state. hence ANV flag. 2nd the anonymous captured flag who's was it. Well here is the Battle records with the month day and year
PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to the month day and year

Col. Witcher’s Report

640 operations in N.VA. W. VA., MD., and PA. (Chap. LV.

No. 2.

Report of Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent A. Witcher, the 34th battalion Virginia calvary.

HEADQUARTERS CALVARY COMMAND

Leuis Mill, Greenbrier County W. Va. October 5, 1864.
CAPTAIN: In obedience to orders from the IMF headquarters, I started with the command ( Thiry-fourth Virginia Cavalry Battalion)
from Jeffersonville, Tazewell County, Va., on the 17th day of September, passing by way of Narrows of new River to Lewisburg, Va
where I was joined by Capts. P.J. Thurmond's W.D. Thurmond's, W.H. Payne's, J. Bungard's, {and} J.K. Amick's companies, making
in all 523 men effective, 267 of which were infantry.
I let Lewisbur it on the 22d instant, passed over the mountain by the cold knob route.I captured Bulltown on the evening of the 25th
insoon dispersed and the fortifications and cabins burned. Left Bulltown on the 26th instant. Here it was found that the infantry were
so much worn down that it would be impossible for them to get to Weston (twenty-five miles) that day, which was all-important. I there
fore dismounted the cavalry command and mounted as many of the infantry as there was horses (though a great many of the horses had broken
down and been abandoned on the mountains) and let them ride ten miles, which brought the command to within fifteen miles of Weston.
At this point the horses were again changed and the infantry was pushed on to within five and half miles of Weston. They were the left under
command of Capt. W.D. Thurmond to come up as fast as possible. I pressed the mounted men forward as rapidly as possible and possession of Weston about 5pm.
The surprise was complete. The home-guard pickets knew nothing of the advance until they were prisoners. In Weston there was a large amount of stores of all kinds,
the useful articles being turned over to the command. Besides the stores the Exchange Bank was captured, the funds, amounting to $5,287.85,
were turned over to Lieut. J.W. Branham, aide-de-camp, who will turn them over to the proper authorities for the use of the confederate government.
Here I detached Capt. William H. Payne, with his company, and order him to proceed to Janelew, a point seven miles from Weston on the Clarksburg road.
At this place he destroyed some stores,arms, and the telegraph.
On the 27th I left Weston and proceeded to Buckhannon. About 5 miles from the place we encountered one company of calvary, which was driven at a charge
Through the town and out on the Clarksburg road. After remaining in Buchanon a short time passed out on the French creek road to a point a mile; there went
into camp and rested until 2:00 AM. I then informed the battalion commanders that we would again take Buckhannon. The command moved off, and at daylight they charged and surrounded the town,
Capturing Maj. T. F. Lang, Third [Sixth] Virginia (bogus) Cavalry ( Averell's brigade), 100 men and horses, with equipments complete. As soon as it was daylight I ordered the Goverment stores destroed.
They consisted of a very large quanity of quartmaster's, commissary, and medical stores, besides 1,000 stand of small arms. I have returned with 400 fresh horses, 200 beef cattl; captured and paroled 300 prisoners.
I mounted all the infantry.

The road traveled was a bridle path for six 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 Capt Mcfarlane, commanding 34th battalion Virginia calvary, also two captain's 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 meritoriou conduct of Lieut. J.W. Branham, aide-de-camp; also to Adjutant Wade, Thiry fourth Battalion Virginia Cavalry,
both of whom were at all times at their post.
I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

V.A. WITCHER,

Lieutenant-Colenel, Commanding.
Capt. JOHN L. SANDFORD,
Asst.Adjt. Gen., Dept. of Southwest Va. and East Tenn.

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Yankee Dispatches "Note The Dates & Locations"

Grafton, October 7 1864
Capt. P.G. Bier,

Assistant adjutant-General Harrisonburg, Va.;
I returned from the interior last night. Rebels have retreated through Braxton and Webster Counties. It was a portion of Morgan's late force,
commanded by Colonel Witcher. I have placed a small force at Bulltown, also at Weston and Buckhannon. This region is now clear of rebel force,
In the railroad is perfectly safe west of Cumberland. I hope Sullivan will be able to cut off the raiders on their return to the southwest portion of the State.
I return to Cumberland tonight

B.F. KELLY,

Brevet Major-General.
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Clarksburg October 7, 1864
Governor Boreman,

Wheeling:
I return from the interior last night I have disposed of my force so as to give protection to the rairoad and the people of West Virginia.
The rebels have retreated, and the northwest part of the state is entirely free from the invaders. The militia have been relieved, and are returning to their homes. I leave for Cumberland today

B.F. KELLEY,
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Brevet Major-General.
Sheridan's dispatch to Grant
Strasburg, Va., October 9, 1864-12midnight.

(Received 11th)

Lieut. gen. U.S. GRANT, City Point:
In coming back to this Point I was not followed Ian until later yesterday, when a large force of calvary appeared in my rear.
All ID and halted the command to offer battle by attacking the enemy. I became satisfied that it was only all rebel cavalry of the valley commanded by Rosser,
And directed Torbert to attack at daylight this morning and finish this "Savior of the Valley". The attack was handsomely made.
Custer, commanding third calvary division charged on the back road and Merritt, commanding first calvary division on the Strasburg pike. Merritt captured five pieces of artillery
Custer captur six pieces of artillery, with caissons. battery forge, & The two divisions captured thiry-seven wagons, ambulances, & among the wagons captured are the headquarters wagons of Rosser,
Lomax,Wickman,and Colonel Pollard {Munford}. The number of prisoners captured will be about 330. The enemy after being charged by our gallant calvary were broken, and ran;
they were followed by men on the jump twenty-six miles, through Mount Jackson and across the North Fork of the Shenandoah. I deemed it best to make this delay of one day here and settle this new
clvary general. The eleven pieces of artillery captured to-day make thirty-six pieces captured in the Valley since the 18th of September. Some of the artillery captured was new and never had been fired before.
The pieces were marked, "Tredegar Works."

P.H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.
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I hope you got all that if the 34th was in a different department of operations two days previously;
how could they have been at Tom’s Brook or Woodstock!
The 34th was mounted infantry, not airborne. The 34th was never part of Rosser’s command or of the commands of Lomax, Wickham or Munford that
were at Tom’s Brook. The 34th was an independent command under Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge in the Department of Western Virginia and
East Tennessee. The 34th normally operated in western Virginia and Tennessee as shown by action reports.

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