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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 6: the campaign in West Virginia. (search)
ne thing — that you will not find foemen worthy of your steel. He had evidently been reading some of the proclamations of a great master of war, and attempted to follow his style. The attention of the public was drawn to this Napoleonic imitation, for about that time he received the appellation of the Young Napoleon, and was so called after he had been brought from West Virginia to the command of the Army of the Potomac. The headquarters of the Department of the Ohio were established at Buckhannon, and from this point McClellan determined to attack the force on Rich Mountain, and advanced and deployed in front of the opposing army, which he found strongly intrenched. He promptly resorted to the only method left in military operations in the mountains, and decided to turn their flank and rear, which General Rosecrans successfully did with four regiments. The troops at this point were a portion of Garnett's force under Lieutenant-Colonel John Pegram. Beverly was occupied by the Fed