Maj. Charles Capeheart was a Pennsylvanian who joined the 1st West Virginia Cavalry with his brother, Henry Capeheart, who was the cavalry's surgeon and would later rise to the rank of brevet major general.
Henry Capeheart performed surgery all night long on the regiment's men, but was back in the saddle the next morning, White said.
Charles Capeheart was placed in charge of the regiment after Gettysburg. There was an order to destroy a Confederate supply caravan headed for Hagerstown. Capeheart and his men would be sent to do it, according to the article.
July 4, 1863 was a rainy day and by the time they found the wagon train in Monterrey Gap, Pa., it was dark. They could hear the thunderous sound of hooves beating the road but couldn't see the caravan in the dark and driving rain.
They charged on and captured the eight-mile-long caravan. When all was said and done, they had taken more than 1,300 prisoners, including 200 commissioned officers. It is unclear how many cavalry officers made the attack. Estimates put it between 100 and 400.
Capeheart was awarded the Medal of Honor for his leadership in the raid.
"I'm sure Robert E. Lee's men could have used those supplies," Cunningham said. "They weren't exactly in their home territory."
Cunningham, like others, got interested in Civil War history because he had ancestors involved.
"This stuff happened around here where we live," Cunningham said.
"I can talk about stuff that happened in Charleston or Wheeling and I can drive over there and look at it. I like reading about World War II but it's hard to connect with someplace over in Europe or in the Pacific."
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