bayonets, which orders were promptly and vigorously obeyed.
The Rebels at once took to flight, leaving their cannon, wagons, tents, provisions, and stores, with 135 dead.
remained throughout the day inactive in front of Col. Pegram
's position, awaiting advices from Rosecrans
, that failed to reach him. Pegram
, better advised of Rosecrans
' operations, and justly alarmed for his own safety, attempted to escape during the following night, but found it impossible, and was compelled, after a day's hiding in the forest, to surrender1
his remaining force — about 600 men — at discretion.
pushed on to Beverly
, which he entered early next morning, flanking Gen. Garnett
's position at Laurel Hill
, and compelling him to a precipitate flight northward.
Six cannon, two hundred tents, sixty wagons, and over one hundred prisoners, were the trophies of this success.
The Rebel loss in killed and wounded was about 150; the Union
about 50. Gen. Garnett
, completely flanked, thoroughly worsted, and fearfully outnumbered, abandoned his camp at Laurel Hill
without a struggle, crossing the Laurel Mountains
eastward, by a by-road, into the narrow valley of Cheat river
, traversed by one wretched road, which he took care to make worse for his pursuers by felling trees across it at every opportunity.
It rained incessantly.
This valley is seldom more than a wooded glen; whence he hoped to escape across the main ridge of the Alleghanies
eastward into Hardy county
Provisions and supplies of every kind were scarce enough with the fugitives, and, for the most part, with their pursuers also.
Rain fell incessantly, swelling the unbridged rivulets to torrents.
Skirmishes were frequent; and four companies of a Georgia regiment, being cut off from the main body, were taken prisoners.
At length, having crossed the Cheat
at a point known as Carrick's Ford, which proffered an admirable position for defense, Garnett
turned to fight; and, though the Union
forces rapidly came up in overpowering numbers, and opened a heavy fire both of musketry and artillery, yet the strong and sheltered position of the Confederates
enabled them for some time to hold the ford, twice repulsing efforts to cross it. Col. Taliaferro
, commanding the Rebel
rearguard, finally withdrew by order, having exhausted his cartridges and lost about thirty men. The position had by this time been flanked by Col. Dumont
, with his 7th Indiana, who had fairly gained the crest on the right, when he was ordered to turn it on the left; and, marching down the bluff and through the middle of the stream, between the two armies firing over their heads, the regiment, forcing its way through the tangled thicket of laurel, appeared on the right flank of the Rebels
, who thereupon fled.
The road crosses the stream again a quarter of a mile below; and here a desperate attempt was made by Garnett
to rally his forces for another struggle; but in vain.
They received and returned one volley, when they started to run — they being, at least, 3,000, and the Indianians, directly upon them, barely 600; but there were enough more not far behind.
exerted himself desperately to hold his men, without success; and,