previous to this, had marched to the Gauley river
to aid Floyd
, but had been returned to Dogwood gap.
On the 26th Floyd
achieved a brilliant success.
Raising a flatboat which Tyler
had sunk, he crossed the Gauley river
at Carnifix Ferry
and surprised Tyler
's regiment at breakfast near Cross Lanes
reported that between 45 and 50 of the enemy were killed and wounded, and over 100 prisoners and some stores were taken.
The receipt of news of this disaster caused Rosecrans
at once to make arrangements to advance toward Gauley
was now in a position to attack Gauley
from the rear while Wise
advanced, but unfortunately a strong movement was not made.
being informed that Cox
was abandoning Gauley
and marching upon him, ordered Wise
to hasten to his reinforcement, which he did, only to be informed en route that it had been ascertained that he would not be needed.
Returning to Dogwood he advanced on September 2d, against the strong position of the Federals
at Hawk's Nest
, attacking in front while Colonel Anderson
attempted to gain the rear of the little mountain which the enemy occupied, covering the turnpike which circled about its base toward Gauley
Parts of three companies, Summers
's and Janes
', were sent across Big creek
and up the hill, driving the enemy gallantly, until the Confederates
gained the summit.
Meanwhile a howitzer was set to playing on the hill, which speedily cleared the enemy from the side next Wise
; but the enemy being reinforced, and commanding the road with a rifled cannon and Anderson
not completing his roundabout march soon enough, Wise
abandoned his project of turning the hill, and took a position covering Miller
's ferry and Liken's mill. General Beckley
's militia had driven the enemy from Cotton hill
on the south side of the river, and was joined there by General Chapman
's militia, whence a few cannon balls were thrown into the Federal
camp at Gauley
During this period, the troops under Wise