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Interesting document outlining actions in VA & WVA signed by BBG James Mulligan who would be killed at Opequan later in 1864.  Document describes actions in WV led by Mulligan.   Rare autograph of this KIA General. 


"HQ 2nd Div Dept WV, Piedmont WV 2/12/64, Capt S Melvin AAG Dept WVa Cumberland Md, I have the honor to report that on the evening of 3rd inst I took command of the columne then in pursuit of General Rosseron the Moorfield and Hardy Pike.  Co. Thoburn commd on my arrival reported the Infantry 14th Va, 3rd & 4th Pa Reserves as exhausted foot sore and unable to proceed.  I ordered them in to camp near Purgestville? and with Lt Col Thompson commd 500 of Gen'l Averell's Cavalry Capt Greenfields Indpt Co of Cavalry Carlins Btty and a section of Ewings Btty under Lt Morton moved on to Reynolds Gap where we halted to await the arrival of General Sullivan's Cavalry. The colonel not arriving and unable to ascertain his location at 4 O'Clock in the morning orderd Carlin's Battery with a guard of two hundred Cavalry back to the infantry at Purgetsville.  I being hazardous to rest so much artillery with so light a force.  With the remaining force of 300 and the Section of Ewings Battery we moved forward to feel the enemy whom we discovered at 8 o'clock AM at Parsons Ford on the South Branch.  At the same time Lt Colonel Fitsimmons advancing on the Romney rd reported to me with 600 of General Sullivan's Cavalry.  Lt Morton immediately opened on the enemy from the ford.  I sent orders to Col Thoburn to come forward with the infantry but he was unable to come up in time to participate in the affair.  Lt Col Thompson was directed to take a part of his force with the one piece of artillery to move into a good position near Inskeps Ford on the enemys flank, hold it and harass the enemy wihch movement he executed with rapidity and success......."

Three Page DS singed by James A Mulligan BBG KIA

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