seized the gap where the Parkersburgh 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 str