He hoped-that a concerted attack would be made from Meadow Bluff
, but the force there was inadequate.
soon returned to Richmond
and in November was transferred to the department of South Carolina, Georgia
, his military reputation for the time under an unwarranted eclipse.
' army, which was stationed along the river from Kanawha Falls
to the Hawk's Nest
, Colonel DeVilliers
, of the Second Kentucky, was sent across the Kanawha
at the mouth of the Gauley
by ferry on November 10th, with several hundred men, and a brisk skirmish resulted in the repulse of his attack.
On the next day the Federals
being reinforced, renewed the advance, and after vigorous skirmishes, Floyd
abandoned the front of the mountain and moved his camp to the rear.
On the 12th, General Schenck
crossed with his brigade and occupied Cotton hill
, and General Benham
moved from Loop creek
to attack Floyd
in the rear.
But the latter evaded the trap prepared for him, and fell back upon Loop mountain
, with little loss, except that Lieut.-Col. St. George Croghan
, one of the most gallant officers in the service, fell in a skirmish at McCoy's mill, November 14th, after which Floyd
took position on Piney creek
Previous to this Colonel Clarkson
with the cavalry had been sent on a raid toward the Ohio river
, and that gallant officer at Guyandotte
, November 10th, attacked a body of recruits for a Federal regiment, called the Ninth Virginia, U. S. A.
, killing a considerable number, and taking 70 prisoners and 30 horses, some stores, and 200 or 300 rifles.
Some of the dead were thrown from the bridge into the river.
Among the prisoners were K. V. Whaley
, member of Congress, and several other Ohio
citizens, and Clarkson
also brought back with him several citizens of the town.
He held Guyandotte
until the next day, when a steamboat came up with reinforcements, upon which the Confederates
withdrew and the Federals
set fire to the town, which had already suffered