attempted to keep back the victorious Confederates, but Otey
and Stamps brought up their guns at a gallop and soon made the Federal infantry abandon their last position.
, with Derrick
's battalion as skirmishers, McMahon
in line, and his own regiment in reserve, Lowry
's battery and a section of Otey
's, advanced with some brisk skirmishing into Charleston
, and on reaching the Elk
found the suspension bridge cut down.
The artillery opened a warm fire upon the enemy opposite, while McCausland
moved to a ford further up the Elk
, where he was able, however, to cross his cavalry only.
By night he was ready to move his infantry over in boats, but on the following morning it was found that the enemy was in full retreat, and it was not thought advisable to pursue further.
, meanwhile, had moved down the Coal river
and struck the enemy on the flank, compelling him to abandon his proposed march down the Gauley
, and take the road for Ravenswood
, whence he reached Point Pleasant
on the 16th.
In this brilliant campaign, involving a mountain march of 169 miles, the Confederates
lost 8 killed and 89 wounded. Lightburn
reported a loss of 25 killed, 95 wounded and 190 missing. He was compelled to abandon all the immense stores, worth by Loring
's estimate about $1,000,000, and did not have time to destroy the important Kanawha
The Kanawha valley
was now in the hands of the Confederate forces, and General Loring
at once issued a congratulatory address to his command, and a proclamation to the people of western Virginia
, opening with these well-chosen words:
The army of the Confederate States has come among you to expel the enemy, to rescue the people from the despotism of the counterfeit State government imposed on you by Northern bayonets, and to restore the country once more to its natural allegiance to the State.
We fight for peace and the possession of our own territory.
We do not intend to punish those who remain at home as