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John H. Wenzel, Postmaster at Ripley, Virginia to Colonel D. Frost, December 21, 1861

Jackson County, Virginia, 1857
Typical of the types of unit operating in contested areas from Virginia to Missouri, the "Moccasin Rangers" was an irregular guerrilla group of the Confederate forces recruited in the summer of 1861 in the western counties of Virginia. Elements of the unit briefly took over Ripley, Virginia on December 19, 1861, robbed the post office and general store, and carried off the arms being stored there for Union recruiting. The leaders, Daniel Duskey and George Downs, were later captured, tried as common criminals, and served time in prison before Confederate authorities secured their exchange. In his appeal to a local Union commander, the U.S. Postmaster in Ripley, John H. Wenzel, describes the raid and requests a garrison of Union troops to protect the town. (By John Osborne)

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