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During the summer of 1863 a Federal Cavalry expedition was dispatched into mountainous Confederate territory with 3 objectives to accomplish. The first was to drive off a Confederate cavalry command in the area of operation and destroy their base of operations. The second objective was the destruction of saltpeter works in the area. The third and final object might seem rather unusual a military objective. The Federals achieved their first two objectives, but were defeated in battle by Confederate troops and forced to retreat without accomplishing the third. The Confederates were commanded by a man who's grandson and namesake achieved fame in a later war.

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1) Who was the Federal commander?
2) What was the 'unusual' third objective?
3) What was the name of the battle?
4) Who was the Confederate commander?

credit: @ErnieMac
 

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1. BG (vol) William W Averell
2. “…to capture the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals library in Lewisburg”
3. Rocky Gap (near White Sulphur Springs), Aug 26, 1863
4. MG Samuel Jones *

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https://wvstatemuseumed.wv.gov/Averell's%20raid.html

*I’m stumped on the namesake grandson…
 
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During the summer of 1863 a Federal Cavalry expedition was dispatched into mountainous Confederate territory with 3 objectives to accomplish. The first was to drive off a Confederate cavalry command in the area of operation and destroy their base of operations. The second objective was the destruction of saltpeter works in the area. The third and final object might seem rather unusual a military objective. The Federals achieved their first two objectives, but were defeated in battle by Confederate troops and forced to retreat without accomplishing the third. The Confederates were commanded by a man who's grandson and namesake achieved fame in a later war.

Questions:
1) Who was the Federal commander?
2) What was the 'unusual' third objective?
3) What was the name of the battle?
4) Who was the Confederate commander?

credit: @ErnieMac
1. William Woods Averell (1832-1900);
2. Capture the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals library at Lewisburg;
3. Battle of White Sulphur Springs (August 26/27, 1863) aka Battle of Rocky Gap or Battle of Dry Creek;
4. Colonel George S. Patton (1833-1864).
 

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1. Brigadier General William W. Averell
2. To capture the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals library at Lewisburg for the purpose of "[t]he new government of West Virginia needed that full law library to help develop the judicial system for the nascent state."
3. The Battle of White Sulphur Springs (aka the Battle of Rocky Gap or the Battle of Dry Creek and as my source states: "The Battle of the Law Books")
4. Colonel George S. Patton
http://greenbag.org/v23n1/v23n1_articles_podvia.pdf
 

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Answers:
1) William W. Averill.
2) To capture law books from the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals for the new state of West Virginia.
3) The Battle of White Sulphur Springs (Dry Creek or Rocky Gap also acceptable).
4) George S. Patton.
 
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