s. Five bridges and several culverts were destroyed over an extent of fifteen miles.
A large quantity of bridge-timber and repairing materials were also destroyed.
My march was retarded occasionally by the tempest in the mountains and the icy roads.
I was obliged to swim my command, and drag my artillery with ropes across Craig's Creek seven times in twenty-four hours. On my return, I found six separate commands under Generals Early, Jones, Fitz Lee, Imnboden, Jackson, Echols, and McCouslin, arranged in a line extending from Staunton to Newport, upon all the available roads, to prevent my return.
I captured a despatch from General Jones to General Early, giving me the position and that of Jackson at Clifton Forge, and Covington was selected to carry.
I marched from the front of Jones to that of Jackson at night.
His outposts were pressed in at a gallop by the Eighth Virginia mounted infantry, and the two bridges across Jackson's River were saved, although fagots had been