Oct 5 1864 Area Between Martinsburg and Winchester Infested with Guerillas
Guerillas.—The country lying between Martinsburg and Winchester is infested with guerillas and it is unsafe for persons to travel there. We have been told of several instances where parties were plundered of all they had, within a few miles of Martinsburg, by these bands. In one case we know of, they stripped a man stark naked after taking a valuable horse from him. John Wagoner, of this place, while in the neighborhood of Martinsburg was overtaken by a squad of these thieves, commanded by Lieut. Briscoe, formerly a student at St. James’ College, who recognized Wagoner, to whom he gave a slip of paper containing the following “order:”
Head Qrs. Ringgold Rangers,
In the Saddle,
September 29, 1864.
To All Whom It May Concern.—Whereas, The necessities of war require the measure.
Therefore, be it ordered that all Yankees passing to and from General Sheridan's army bring a due abundance of Federal money, fine horses, boots and all the equipments so useful to Rebel soldiers, or otherwise we will certainly be compelled to turn them back.
LIEUT. GLOWER, Commanding Detachment.
Written at the suggestion of Lieut. Briscoe, Lieut. C. M. Smith. George Slater and others.
Lieut. Briscoe wished to be remembered to Dr. Kerfoot, his old preceptor. Wagoner represents the party as being dressed in the garb of farmers. All supply trains passing from Martinsburg South are heavily guarded, as it is impossible to tell where or when these marauders might pounce upon and capture them if they were not thus protected.
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