General Lee, with the troops of Wise, Floyd, and Loring --about eight thousand men — occupied a position on a parallel range.
The two armies were now in close proximity to each other, both occupying strong defensive positions.
Lee and Rosecrans, having been officers of the engineers, were fully aware of the great disadvantage an attacking army would have, and each waited, hoping the other would attack.
After occupying these positions for twelve days, Rosecrans, on the night of October 6th, retreated.
The condition of the roads, the mud, the swollen streams, the large numbers of men with typhoid fever and measles, the condition of the horses, of the artillery, and transportation, were such that Lee decided not to pursue.
It is possible that had he known Rosecrans would not attack he would have given battle himself, notwithstanding the great advantage Rosecrans would have possessed by accepting it in his strong defensive position.
The rapid approach of winter and the rain