on the other hand of the loyal Virginians
, of the Ninth Virginia (U. S. A.
), reported that he was awakened by a shot, and saw the street full of ‘rebel cavalry, dressed in gray uniforms, yelling at the top of their voices.’
He went out of the back window and into the woods, and found on his subsequent return that all his comrades had been ‘gobbled’ except those who were as lucky as himself.
In Wyoming county
, near where Floyd
was stationed, in Tazewell
, a daring cavalry raid was made by Captains Straton
, joining the companies of Chambers
at Horse Pen, and several skirmishes were fought, in which brave men fell, Straton
both being reported dangerously wounded.
Early in August, General Cox
was still at Flat Top mountain
and Brook at Meadow Bluff
, on opposite sides of the junction of the New
, before which lay Colonel Hayes
's ferry, maintaining the communications of the two commands.
Before him, about the Narrows, was General Loring
with the Confederate forces.
On August 6th, Col. G. C. Wharton
with 900 men moved from Peterstown and made a demonstration against the outpost at the ferry, driving the enemy from their camp with considerable loss and destroying two flatboats.
A week or two later General Cox
was ordered to retire from the Kanawha
with most of his troops, which were sent to Washington
and thence to reinforce Pope
on the Rappahannock
, and Col. J. A. J. Lightburn
, of the Fourth Virginia (U. S. A.
), was left in command of the Kanawha
, with headquarters at Gauley
The Federal force in the vicinity of Franklin
had been previously withdrawn, and as soon as Lee
was informed of Cox
's orders by the capture of Pope
's headquarters and letter-book at Catlett's Station, he requested that Loring
be ordered ‘to clear the valley of the Kanawha
and then operate northwardly, so as to join me in the valley of Virginia