nd reconnoissance, accompanied by Colonel Albert Rust, of the Third l19 Arkansas Regiment, who was anxious to see the nature of the ground and the strength of the position for himself.
They reported to General Lee that in their opinion the enemy's position could be assailed with success with troops which could be guided to the point they had reached.
General Lee decided to make the attack, and gave to Rust a column of twelve hundred infantry, with such capable officers as Taliaferro and Fulkerson.
General Jackson was to advance via the turnpike to confront the enemy from that direction, while another column, under Brigadier-General Anderson, was to advance to the third or west top of Cheat Mountain, where they could secure possession of the turnpike and be in the rear of the enemy.
The rest of the army was to move down the Tygart's River valley upon the forces of the enemy stationed there.
The attack on these troops, however, was to depend on the successful assault of the fortif