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6th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry

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Union Regiment This Infantry was created by the Virginia Governor and General Rosecrans on the authority of the War Department in August of 1861. This unit was specifically created to serve as the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad guards. They were to provide protection to the loyal citizens along the line of the railroad. The unit was to receive 15 companies by special authority.

In 1862, due to the success; companies were being stationed further on the outposts and started participating in skirmishes withe guerrillas. In specific Company A and G were attacked by General Jenkins; while stationed at Weston (6 men reported being wounded).

On 13 Oct in the year of 1863: Capt. Mattingly, commander of Company G; was attacked at Bulltown by Col. William L. Jackson in an attempt to seize control. Capt. Mattingly took control of the situation and commanded the combined forces of the 6th and the 11th West Virginia Infantry, along with other parts of the regiment. His combined force totaled 7 officers and 117 infantry men. Capt. Mattingly commanding his 124 force against Col. William Jackson's combined force of 700 infantry, 75 cavalry, and one piece of artillery; was victorious. Capt Mattingly's command's casualty was himself; being seriously wounded in the thigh. Col. Jackson's force suffered with the loss of life to 24 men, and the wounding of 60 men.

In August 4, 1864; a 3000 strong force commanded by General McCausland attacked New Creek, West Virginia. Companies A, G and L, being stationed there engaged the enemy and lost 2 men with 4 being wounded.

Then again on 2 Nov in 1864 New Creek was attacked by surprise resulting in a large force being captured. A detachment of Company L was taken prisoner including:

1st Lt. William R. McDonald
John C. Anderson
Isaac Ice
Andrew J. Ice
David S. Musgrave
John D. Miller
George W. Sands

Meanwhile; 300 of this force serving under Major McDonald attacked Piedmont, West Virginia. Captain Fisher, AKA John Fisher of Fairmont, was stationed there with his Company A; a force of 35 men. Captain Fisher is credited with saving the town; they were highly complimented with special orders from General Cook.

The end of July in 1864; the 6th West Virginia Infantry was consolidated. Companies I - K - L and M were combined to make 2 companies.

6th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry Volunteers (Dec 20 1864).
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