satisfied himself that a direct attack on Cheat Mountain Pass was impracticable, and that there was no force of the enemy near the west base of the Cheat Mountain
except that at Beverly
, determined to take command of the force which had been ordered to rendezvous at Huntersville
, and advance by the Pass
that Colonel Gilliam
had been directed to occupy, to the rear of the enemy's position on Cheat Mountain
He therefore directed General Jackson
to advance his whole force, which at this time amounted to six thousand men, to the Greenbrier river
and hold himself in readiness to co-operate when the advance was made from Huntersville
, and then proceeded to that place to make arrangements for the proposed movement.
When General Loring
arrived at Huntersville
, about the 1st of August, he found already there Maney
's, and Savage
's Tennessee Regiments, Campbell
's Virginia Regiment, a battalion of Virginia
regulars, four hundred strong, commanded by Colonel Munford
, Major W. H. F. Lee
's squadron of cavalry, and Marye
's and Stanley
's batteries of artillery.
was at Valley Mountain Pass, fifteen miles west of Huntersville
, with two regiments, and two other regiments.
's Virginia and Colonel
—‘s Georgia Regiment were en route from Staunton
The force of Loring
on the Huntersville
line amounted in round numbers to eight thousand five hundred effective men. The General's staff
were particularly active in their efforts to prepare for a speedy advance.
, Adjutant General
, and Captains Corley
, Chief Quartermaster
and Commissary, being experienced officers, rendered valuable service in organizing the troops and in collecting transportation and supplies.
Major A. L. Long
, in addition to his duties as Chief of Artillery
, had assigned him those of Inspector General
The troops were well armed and equipped, all of them were accustomed to the use of arms, and many were expert marksmen, and a large proportion had received military instruction in the various volunteer companies of which they had been members.
The troops were in fine spirits, and desired nothing more than to be led against the enemy.
It was obvious to all those about the General
that the success of the proposed movement depended upon its speedy execution.
It was impossible that the occupation of Valley Mountain
by a force as large as that of Gilliam
could escape the observation of the Federals
, and its position would expose the design of the Confederates
Delay would enable the Federals
to seize all the important Passes on the route, and fortify them so strongly that they would effectually arrest the advance of any force.
Notwithstanding the great value of time in the execution of the movement contemplated by General Loring
, he seemed to regard the