The Battle of Puncheon Creek (Half Mountain), Magoffin County, KY. April 14th, 1864
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF EASTERN KENTUCKY,
Half Mountain, Licking River, April 14, 1864.
GENERAL: I pursued the enemy to Half Mountain, Licking River, 13 miles above Salyersville, surprised him at 12.30 a. m. to-day, capturing his pickets. The engagement lasted five hours. We have captured as near as I can find out over 100 horses, 200 saddles, 200 stand of arms; killed and mortally wounded 25, took 50 prisoners (among them Colonel E. F. Clay, mortally wounded); many horses killed. Our loss 4 wounded, 1 seriously, none killed. It is a complete rout. We will camp on the field to-night. My men are worn. I shall send my best mounted men for a few hours on their track.