d doubtless in the woods.
The citizens here say that there were nearly 3,000 of them.
One of the regiments was on its way to Rich Mountain to reinforce the forts, and within three miles of its destination, when they heard the guns at the battle, and, soon after the news of the rout, wheeled about and started for Staunton.
Gen. McClellan feared that they might make a stand in the Cheat Mountain Gap — but their haste would not permit.
Gen. Garnett, with six thousand men, is also on what Col. McCook calls a clean trot for Richmond.
He is in the mountains northeast of Beverly, and Gen. Morris is after him; and unless he throws away all his guns, and heavy incumbrances, and is nimble on foot,will surely take him. Glorious, isn't it!
With the exception of a small force near Charlestown, on the Kanawha River, Gen. McClellan has swept the rebels out of all that part of Virginia which belongs to his military district.
The rebellion can never organize itself again in this region.