road toward Romney for the purpose of checking any march of hostile troops from that direction.
These troops were thought to be the advance of a force under General McClellan, which had been organized in that section of western Virginia.
When Patterson crossed the Potomac Johnston very properly moved to Bunker Hill, so as to be in position to prevent the junction of McClellan and Patterson, by fighting a battle with Patterson before McClellan could reach Winchester, if indeed the force reported to be advancing from the direction of Romney were McClellan's troops.
He soon became convinced that no considerable body of United States troops was approaching WiMcClellan's troops.
He soon became convinced that no considerable body of United States troops was approaching Winchester from the direction of Romney, and so the two regiments sent there were recalled to Winchester.
If the action of Johnston had not been guided by the reports received, he would have evacuated Harper's Ferry at once upon the passage of the Potomac by Patterson.
Harper's Ferry was not a defensible point.
It was a cul-de-sac
This was the first field assigned to George B. McClellan by the Federal War Department, an officer of command was under General Cox on the Kanawha.
In McClellan's immediate front was a Confederate force under Geraduated at the Military Academy five years before McClellan.
He had won his laurels in the Mexican campaign turnpike leading to Beverly, in Randolph County.
McClellan reached Grafton on the 23d of the same month, and ere established at Buckhannon, and from this point McClellan determined to attack the force on Rich Mountain, asoners of war, and on July 12th surrendered to General McClellan five hundred and sixty men and thirtythree comfast enough.
After McDowell's defeat at Manassas, McClellan was selected to command the defenses at Washingtonlliam S. Rosecrans succeeded him.
On July 28th McClellan assumed command of the Department of Northeastern sault his rear — a plan similar to that adopted by McClellan at Rich Mountain.
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