Immediately the main body of the enemy approached in force, deployed and advanced upon our scouting party, who retired and came into camp that night.
On the morning of the 13th, about 4 A. M. I was aroused by the officer of the day, who reported firing at the advanced pickets on the pike in the direction of the enemy.
I immediately turned out the whole of my command and prepared to meet them.
I ordered Hansborough's battalion, the 31st Virginia, commanded by Major Boykin, and Reager's battalion, to occupy the crest of the mountain on the right to guard against approach from that quarter.
On this hill there were no defences.
There were some fields and felled timber beyond, which reached the crest of the mountain.
The enemy advanced to our front, and, conducted by a guide, a Union man from Western Virginia, who was familiar with the roads and trails in the vicinity, turned off from the turnpike about a mile from our position, near the base of the mountain, and reached