Attack on New Creek and Hagerstown, Aug 1864
Wednesday Morning, August 10, 1864.
THE WEEK’S NEWS
Attack upon New Creek.
An attack upon the military station at New Creek, Va. was made on Thursday afternoon of last week. The attacking force was, it is supposed, the same troops that threatened Cumberland on the preceding Monday. The contest was quite spirited and continued for some hours, resulting finally' in the repulse of the Rebel troops. The extent of losses on either side we have been unable learn with any degree of accuracy; and refrain from making an estimate based upon the contradictory statements we have received. —o—
Another Threatened Raid.
Governor Curtin, of Pennsylvania, issued on Friday last a proclamation stating that the advance of the Rebel army had again crossed the Potomac and occupied Hagerstown. In view of the probability that it was the intention of the enemy to march into Pennsylvania—Governor Curtin calls for thirty thousand volunteers to be mustered into the service of the State, until the emergency requiring their immediate services shall have passed. A despatch from Harrisburg, confirmed by another despatch received at a late hour last evening, leaves no doubt whatever, that a force of Rebel cavalry and infantry moving by way of Shepardstown and Funkstown did really enter Hagerstown Friday morning, taking the inhabitants quite by surprise. It is impossible, however, as yet to state whether, as Governor Curtin asserts, these troops constitute the advance of a larger force, or whether they have merely followed the example of McCausland and pushed forward on a simple raid, with the intention of recrossing the Potomac at an early day. At the same time, it is proper to add that it is confidently believed in certain quarters that General Ewell has joined Early, and that the forces but recently commanded by the latter have been largely augmented of late by fresh troops from Richmond or elsewhere.
New Creek was later renamed Keyser.
Allegany College of Maryland
Allegany County (Md.), History. Civil War, 1861-1865; Cumberland (Md.), History, Civil War, 1861-1865.
Cumberland (Md.), 1864