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teers, and under all this pressure the State soon had a large force in the field. Maj.-Gen. George B. McClellan, who had been in the regular United States army, and was, in 1861, the general superatterson along the upper Potomac, and one gathered chiefly from Ohio, under the command of General McClellan. To these two last mentioned armies, and particularly to the able general from Ohio, wereention would assemble, was in the narrow strip of Virginia lying between those two States, and McClellan's forces were assembling in easy striking distance. The people of the nearest counties were gmercial and political sympathy with the people of the adjacent States. With these advantages, McClellan prepared in May to advance into Virginia. During these movements, so adverse to its wishes 11th. Before that date arrived, on the pretext of defending railroad and other property, General McClellan with his army had entered the State, and Wheeling and the country far beyond were occupied
Chapter 2: McClellan's invasion the affair at Philippi Rich mountain and Laurel Hill death of GParkersburg line. Almost simultaneously Gen. George B. McClellan, in command of the Federal department of Oere thus preparing to defend the Cheat river line, McClellan, having entered Virginia in person, was promising dred men and two guns had been all day confronting McClellan. The latter had passed the day, in sound of the mnight a proposition to that effect was sent to General McClellan, then at Beverly, and on the next day, July 13 from Charleston a proclamation counter to that of McClellan: Men of Virginia! Men of Kanawha! To Arms! r a repulse by artillery from behind breastworks. McClellan, though he called it something between a victory aJackson prepared to combat the expected advance of McClellan by Huntersville and Warm Springs to cut the railros. It was deemed too dangerous an enterprise, and McClellan being transferred to Washington, took with him man
force him at Winchester for the purpose of making an immediate attempt to capture the Federal forces at Romney, commanded by General Kelley. He stated to the secretary of war that it was of great importance to occupy northwestern Virginia at once, and that while the enemy was not expecting attack, during the severity of winter, was the Confederate opportunity of achieving success. Jackson's plan, as outlined in his letter of 1861, covered a campaign which included a general battle with McClellan, who was to be defeated, and the preoccupation of the northwest counties and the Kanawha valley. The proposed campaign was undoubtedly hazardous, but the ardent spirit of Jackson saw that the chances of a great success were on the Confederate side. The eagerness of Jackson to be striking a blow against the enemy somewhere would not suffer him to wait for a decision which seems to have been delayed in a too cautious consideration of obstacles. Believing that even his small command coul
he militia of Mercer, Greenbrier and Monroe counties. But the military events in western Virginia were for some time to be subordinate to the great campaigns of the year, the plans of which were speedily developed. As it became evident that McClellan would menace Richmond from the peninsula, Johnston's army withdrew from Manassas about the middle of March, and Jackson fell back from Winchester to Mount Jackson. General Banks, with 12,600 men in the field, including Shields' division, and ed. The army started back toward Charleston on the 17th, though very poorly supplied. But overwhelming forces were being massed against Echols. Gen. J. D. Cox had been returned to the department of Western Virginia from corps command under McClellan, with his old division, which, with Milroy's brigade, was sent to Clarksburg, while Lightburn was reinforced at Point Pleasant by Morgan's division from Ohio, and a brigade under Colonel Cranor was sent into the Guyandotte country against Floyd