would move to the west flank of Reynolds
, and the rest of the forces would advance by the main road up the valley to attack Reynolds
The plan was good, but the signal for the general melee was to be Rust
's attack, and unfortunately that never occurred.
moved up the mountain from the east, and gained the first summit, driving in the picket under Captain Junod
, who, with one private, was killed.
promptly in position, drove back a Federal company, and repulsed the attack of another body of Federal reinforcements, with some loss on each side, and cut the telegraph between the two Federal camps, but decided not to make the attack upon Reynolds
until the prearranged signal had been given.
On the following day, Reynolds
sent several regiments against Anderson
, reopening his communications, and checked the advance of Loring
's reconnoissance from the south.
On the 14th, there was a renewal of the Confederate
advance, but without result, and on the 15th, an attack upon Cheat mountain
But there was no hope entertained of success by General Lee
after the fiasco of the 12th.
The loss on each side was slight, that of the Federals
being reported at 9 killed, 2 missing and 60 prisoners. But among the Confederates
great sorrow was felt for the untimely death of Colonel Washington
, who fell pierced by three balls while making a reconnoissance with Major Lee
, whose horse was killed at the same time.
This movement failed to divert Rosecrans
from his advance up the Kanawha valley
, and General Lee
continued to receive from Wise
alarming news of the enemy's. advance on Sewell mountain
, and from Floyd
reports that Wise
would not fall back.
He repaired promptly to the Kanawha valley
, reaching Floyd
's camp September 21st, and at once wrote to Wise
, using these words: ‘I beg, therefore, if not too late, that the troops be united, and that we conquer or die together.’
To this, the indomitable Wise
responded that he would join Floyd
there or at