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General George Crook
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, n.d. (Ar1724)
Obituaries for William H. Powell
Document-Based Questions

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