was occupied on the 30th by General Rosecrans
, and a regiment was sent to take possession of Weston
and staff and General Schleich
's brigade reached Buckhannon
on the 2d of July.
Before advancing on the enemy, General McClellan
had to give directions regarding an independent portion of his department.
had invaded the country south of the Little Kanawha River
with a large force.
To meet these, General McClellan
directed Brigadier-General J. Dolson Cox
to proceed thither from Ohio
with five regiments, and assigned to him the district between the Great
and Little Kanawha Rivers
On the 9th, the main column of the army reached Roaring Fork
, beyond Buckhannon
, and two miles from Colonel Pegram
A bridge which had been destroyed had to be rebuilt.
On the 10th, Lieutenant Poe
was sent out with a detachment to reconnoitre the enemy's position.
This reconnoissance was pushed within two hundred yards of the enemy's works.
, it was found, was strongly intrenched near the foot of Rich Mountain
and on the west side of it. The position was surrounded by dense forests, and its natural strength had been increased by rough intrenchments and by felling trees.
As an attack in front would be followed by a serious loss of life, and its success with raw troops, to say the least, was doubtful, General McClellan
's plan was to turn Colonel Pegram
's position to the south endeavor to cut off his retreat, and, should he succeed