March 1 1865 - Crook and Kelly abducted to WV,
A Bold Rebel Dash.
Major Generals Crook and Kelley Carried to Dixie.
On Tuesday morning, the 21st inst, about 3 o’clock, a part of about 150 rebels, mostly dressed in Federal overcoats, entered Cumberland by the Cresaptown road and proceeded at a slow walk along the main street to the front, of the Headquarters of Major Generals Crook and Kelley, where they halted and formed in line, facing the side pavement. General Kelley’s Headquarters are in the Barnum House, and General Crook’s in the Revere House, about 200 feet distant. They captured the sentinel in front of Gen. Kelley’s office, who, with presented pistols at his head, was compelled to conduct them to the General's sleeping apartment, where they captured him and his Adjutant General, Capt. Melvin. Another portion of them in front of the Revere House, seized a negro servant and forced him with pistols pointed at his breast, to point out the room occupied by Gen. Crook, where they captured him also. They went to Gen. Kelley’s stables and took eight of his best horses, and mounting each of the two Major Generals and Adjutant- General Melvin on a horse, speedily decamped down the tow-path of the canal, and crossed the river into Virginia at Wiley’s ford.
During their visit here they destroyed no property, except that they gutted the military telegraph office and cut the wires. They are supposed to be part of Rosser’s gang from near Moorfield, towards which place they hurried off with their prisoners. Pursuit was immediately made by a well mounted military detachment from this post.—Cumberland Civilian
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