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In Jackson County, Virginia, Confederate irregulars raid the town of Ripley and rob the post office

Jackson County, Virginia, 1857
The "Moccasin Rangers" was an irregular Confederate guerrilla group 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. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1862), III: 486.