f 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 rainy season terminated the campaign in this section.
In a letter dated Sewell Mountain, October 7, 1861, General Lee tells Mrs. Lee that at the time of the reception of her letter the enemy was threatening an attack, which was continued till Saturday night, when, under cover of darkness and our usual mountain mist, he suddenly withdrew.
Your letter, with the socks, was handed to me when I was preparing to follow.
I could not at the time attend to either, but I have since; and as I found Perry [his colored servant from Arlington] in desperate need, I bestowed a couple of pairs on him as