was assigned to the command.
July 11th he began his movement up the Kanawha river
, by boat, with advance guards marching along the river roads, while another column moved up the Guyandotte
and another advanced overland from Ravenswood
In anticipation of this advance General Wise
arranged to meet the enemy west of Charleston
, posting 900 men at Coal and 1,600 at Two Mile and Elk, with outposts at Ripley
; while 1,000 men were scattered in the rear from Gauley bridge
to Birch river
, toward Rich mountain
He could not safely make the Parkersburg
diversion suggested by Garnett
. Instead he asked that Garnett
reinforce the Kanawha army, at the very time that the latter general was engaged in his fatal retreat
On the 16th, Colonel Clarkson
, with Brock
's and Becket
's troops of horse, had a brisk skirmish with the enemy near Ripley
, and another fight occurred at Barboursville
with the right of Cox
wrote at this juncture that the difficulties of his situation were great, and that ‘this army here has grown by neglect at Richmond
It has been literally created by Colonel Tompkins
, at first beginning with Patton
's company alone, since assisted by my legion, which I have created between this and Richmond
united his three columns at the mouth of the Pocotaligo
, and on the afternoon of the 17th sent Colonel Lowe
, with the Twelfth Ohio and two companies of the Twenty-first, to make a landing at Scary creek
, where Colonel Patton
with about 800 men held a position which commanded the river.
had been ordered by Wise
to retreat to Bunker Hill
, but he gallantly turned back of his own accord and met the enemy's advance.
The enemy was better armed, and after a half hour's fighting a portion of Patton
's command fell back.
He rallied his men, however, and returning instantly to action was fifteen minutes later wounded and disabled.