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l, and across the mountains to the Shafer Fork of Cheat River, intending to proceed down the river to St. George. They had reached the Cheat River (near the Southern extremity of Tucker County) when they discovered our ad good his retreat. On reaching the third ford of Cheat River, his practiced military eye at once detected the e they lay, in that wild region, on the banks of the Cheat, with back to the field and face to the foe. The on miles we struck directly over the Mountains, for Cheat River, by a by-road which the rebels had taken. It wasged from the Laurel Mountains and came out on the Cheat River, at Kahler's Ford, about twelve miles from, and dto behold. This route led across the branches of Cheat River several times, the men plunging through the streas at Huttonsville, and Morris's and Hill's, along Cheat River — are all following up the advantage, and moving s grows in it now, follows the tortuous course of Cheat River, and through a country as wild and picturesque as
t had not gone far before a halt was ordered, and the Georgia regiment, which had hitherto been in the advance, was directed to make a stand against the advance guard of the enemy, which they did, taking a position in a low meadow, just across Cheat River, a portion of the command taking to the woods for the purpose of an ambuscade. The enemy advanced on them and gave them battle, without, however, killing any one; but they succeeded in cutting off from the main body six companies, who have si. Col. Taliaferro lead command of the rear division nearly the whole retreat, and had to sustain the hardest part of the work, the balance of the force being far in advance. We kept on in this way until we had come to Carrick's Ford of the Cheat River, where we found that our wagons had become stalled and overturned in the river, and where they had to be left at the mercy of the enemy. Lieut. Lanier's Washington Artillery and Colonel Taliaferro's Twenty-third regiment had no sooner cross
Doc. 208.-General Benham's report. Cheat River camp, Carrick's Ford, Va., July 13, 1861. General: In accordance with your directions this morning, I took command of the advance troops of your column, consisting of the Fourteenth Ohio regiment, Steedman, with one section of Col. Barnett's battery, the Seventh Indiana regicertained that the enemy had retired toward the village of New Interest, and thence, as was supposed, over a mountain road leading by the Shafer Branch, or main Cheat River, to St. George's; the troops were brought rapidly forward on their route, so as to reach the entrance of the mountain road at about six o'clock. A short distancnger with the greater part of them, for the previous fifteen or twenty hours. At about noon we reached Kalers or the first ford of the Shafer Branch, or main Cheat River, having within the previous two or three miles fired at and driven in several pickets, protecting those who were forming the barricades, and at one place we bro