Skirmish at New Creek

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Skirmish at New Creek, W. Va. No. 2. -- Report of Col. A. P. Hill, Thirteenth Virginia Infantry.

BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS, Camp David, Va., June 19, 1861.

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that on yesterday I directed Col. J. C. Vaughn, of the Third Tennessee Regiment, to take two companies from his own and two companies from the Thirteenth Virginia Regiment., and at 8 p.m. to proceed to New Creek Depot, eighteen miles west of Cumberland, on the line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and disperse the force there collected, bring away the two pieces of artillery, and burn the railroad bridges.

The directions, I am happy to assure you, were carried out to the letter and the march of thirty-six miles accomplished between 8 p.m. and 12 the next day. Some 250 of the Federal troops, after a slight stand, retired in disorder, with a loss of a few men. The bridge was then burned and Colonel Vaughn retired, bringing with him the two pieces of artillery and a stand of colors.

To Colonel Vaughn and his officers and men I am much indebted for the handsome manner in which my orders were carried out.

Inclosed you will find the report of Colonel Vaughn.

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

A. P. HILL, Colonel Thirteenth Regiment, Commanding Brigade.

Col. E. K. SMITH, Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE SHENANDOAH,

Winchester, Va., June 20, 1861.

GENERAL: I respectfully inclose herewith copies of reports by Cola. A. P. Hill and Vaughn. The latter is interesting from the difference it exhibits between the spirit of our troops and those of the United States.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. E. JOHNSTON,

Brigadier-General, C. S. Army.

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By an act approved June 23, 1874, Congress made an appropriation "to enable the Secretary of War to begin the publication of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, both of the Union and Confederate Armies," and directed him "to have copied for the Public Printer all reports, letters, telegrams, and general orders not heretofore copied or printed, and properly arranged in chronological order." This compilation will be the first general publication of the military records of the war, and will embrace all official documents that can be obtained by the compiler, and that appear to be of any historical value.