his troops, unused to such exertions, being greatly fatigued, General Rosecrans
No communication was received at Headquarters from Rosecrans
after eleven o'clock. The firing at Rich Mountain
was distinctly heard; but great fears were entertained that the attack had failed.
“Soon after the cessation of the distant firing,” says General McClellan
, “an officer was observed to ride into the intrenchments and address the garrison.
We could not distinguish the words he uttered, but his speech was followed by prolonged cheering, which impressed many with the belief that it had fared badly with our detachment.”
determined to attack the enemy in front, and Lieutenant Poe
was sent to select a proper position for the artillery.
Upon his reporting one, a party was despatched to cut a road to it. It was now too late in the day to begin an attack; but one was resolved upon early the next morning, in hopes of relieving Rosecrans
if he were hard pressed by the enemy.
The next morning, however, the pickets reported that Colonel Pegram
had deserted his works and fled over the mountains.
at Rich Mountain
, General McClellan
pushed on to Beverly
He thus effectually cut off General Garnett
's communications with Staunton
His despatch was as follows:--