rsburgh turnpike crosses the Shenandoah, and prevented a raid on Staunton.
Averill left five hundred men to hold Imboden there, and pushed on toward Salem.
That General could not pursue without uncovering Staunton, the force threatening nearly equalling his own. General Lee was informed of the situation of affairs.
Here commences the reign of Major-Generals and military science.
Major-General Tubal A. Early came; Major-General Fitz-Hugh Lee came; Brigadier-General Walker came; Brigadier-General Thomas came; their staffs came.
They all took a drink.
General Early took two. Brigadier-General Wickham came; Colonel Chambliss, commanding a brigade, came.
They smiled also.
When Averill was opposite Staunton, Fitz Lee was at Fry Depot, on the Virginia Central Railroad, a day's march from that town — a fortunate occurrence, indeed.
Every body thought Averill was treed now. Lee was ordered across the Blue Ridge.
He passed through Brown's Gap, and struck the valley turnpike at Moun
on the march.
At Town Creek a lieutenant and two courier stations and five thousand seven hundred dollars in confederate money were captured.
This money, it was ascertained, had been sent there for the relief of the families of soldiers.
Immediately after the return of the cavalry from Guntersville to Lebanon, General Smith sent the Fifteenth Michigan, mounted infantry, to Rawlinsville, a place fourteen miles to his left, to connect with a force under General Stanley, sent out by General Thomas. Colonel Oliver reached the place without difficulty, but could learn nothing of Stanley's command, and returned.
That night it was ascertained from different sources of information — deserters, prisoners, and refugees — that the enemy was preparing to attack him with a superior force.
Two regiments of mounted infantry with two field-batteries, which were already moving from Kingston, a large cavalry force under Wheeler and Roddy, estimated at four thousand five hundred, together with