al McClellan had to give directions regarding an independent portion of his department.
Generals Wise and Floyd had invaded the country south of the Little Kanawha River with a large force.
To meet these, General McClellan directed Brigadier-General J. Dolson Cox to proceed thither from Ohio with five regiments, and assigned to him the district between the Great and Little Kanawha Rivers.
On the 9th, the main column of the army reached Roaring Fork, beyond Buckhannon, and two miles from Co
I am proud to say that you have gained the highest reward that American troops can receive,--the thanks of Congress and the applause of your fellow-citizens. Geo. B. McClellan, Major-General.
In the mean time, affairs looked perilous in General Cox's department, south of the Little Kanawha River. General McClellan was preparing to take command there in person, when, on the 22d of July, he received orders to hand over his command to General Rosecrans and report at Washington, where a wide