Having a greatly superior force, he made it his first object to attack Garnett
before that general could be reinforced (Colonel Pegram
, with a considerable detachment, being defeated by General Rosecrans
, with a part of McClellan
's force), and was obliged to retreat, in order to save the rest of his little army.
pursued, and overtaking the rear guard at Carrick's Ford, a skirmish ensued, in which Garnett
, relates that, soon after Garnett
arrived on the ground, and recognizing in the prostrate form of his adversary an old acquaintance, he dismounted, and, with the true heart of .a soldier, bending over the body of a comrade and friend of better days, he did not attempt to conceal his emotion.
he exclaimed, “has it come to this?”
Every facility was allowed for the proper disposition of the body.
was always distinguished for courtesy and kindness to those whom the chances of war placed in his power.
The Adjutant General
, Captain Corley
, assisted by other members of Garnett
's staff, safely continued the retreat, and was mainly instrumental in placing the army in safety.
I will here relate an adventure of De Lagrel, connected with Garnett
's defeat, which exhibited great courage, endurance and address.
De Lagrel was an old army officer, and commanded the artillery of Pegram
When attacked by Rosecrans
at Rich Mountain
, he fought his guns with great gallantry and effect.
His men behaved well until the enemy began to close in upon them; they then fled, leaving De Lagrel almost alone.
Undaunted by the desertion of his men, he served a gun himself until disabled by a.severe wound.
Then, amid the confusion of a defeat, he escaped to a laurel thicket near by, in which he concealed himself until the enemy had disappeared.
He then found shelter under the roof of a friendly mountaineer.
His kind host and hostess concealed and attended him until his wound was healed and his strength restored.
He then determined to join the Confederate forces, which had again entered Northwestern Virginia
; but to do so it was necessary to pass through the Federal
To accomplish this, he concluded to assume the character of a mountaineer, being supplied by his host with a herder's garb, with the exception of shoes.
Then, with a well-filled wallet over his shoulder and a staff in his hand, he bid adieu to his kind friends and launched forth into the mountains.
After wandering among them for several days, he fell in with the Federal
On being questioned by them, he so well sustained the character he had assumed that all the pickets were easily passed, until he reached the last outpost that