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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
f Bull's Run, this department was left with less than 15,000 men to guard 800 miles of railroad, and 300 miles of frontier, exposed to bushwhackers, and the forces of Generals Floyd, Wise, and Jackson. The northwestern pass into it was fortified and held, Cheat Mountain secured, the rebel assaults there victoriously repelled, and the Kanawha. Valley occupied. A march of 112 miles, over bad roads, brought you upon Floyd's intrenched position, whence, the rebels were dislodged and chased to Sewell. Finally, your patience and watchings put the traitor Floyd: within your reach, and though, by a precipitate retreat, he escaped your grasp, you have the substantial fruits. of victory. Western Virginia belongs to herself, and the invader is expelled from her soil. In the name of our Commander-in-Chief, and in my own, I thank you. Thus ended the campaigns in the Kanawha Valley. On the 10th of November, a most unhappy event occurred in the extreme southwestern portion of Virginia. T