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Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 30: Averill's raid and the winter campaign. (search)
iar with the country, I determined to send his brigade to Covington next day, where it would be in a position to intercept Avning all the streams were very high. The direct route to Covington was down the valley of the Little Calf Pasture crossing td a route by Clifton Forge from Fincastle up the river to Covington. Railroad communication with him was cut by the previousom Salem. I, therefore, determined to order Fitz. Lee to Covington by the way of Lexington and Colliertown, at which latter nd leaving it to his discretion to move to Buchanan or to Covington as his information might justify. When my dispatch rescertaining what route Averill had taken, he then went to Covington and from there followed to Callahan's, but the greater patts' or Middle Mountain, and he then turned across toward Covington over Rich Patch Mountain, being compelled to come into thdid to reach the bridge on the road from Clifton Forge to Covington, as there was no bridge on the direct road to that place.