Vintage West Virginia; On This Day in West Virginia History, November 23rd

November 23, 2022

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General George Crook


On November 23, 1862, General George Crook ordered the Second (West) Virginia Cavalry to launch a raid against a Confederate camp in the Sinking Creek Valley. Major William H. Powell, who led the attack, was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at Sinking Creek.


Learn more: Official Reports on the Sinking Creek Raid Wheeling Intelligencer Articles on the Sinking Creek Raid "How General William H. Powell won the Congressional Medal at Sinking Creek in the Civil War" Letter, William H. Powell to H. J. Samuels, 1 May 1863 (Adjutant General Papers, Box 3, Folder 4) Letter, William E. Stevenson to William H. Powell Obituaries for William H. Powell Articles Document-Based Questions