command was well upon the enemy before his presence was suspected.
An advance of the Federals
on the Buckhannon
road was checked by Captains Marshall
, and artillery fire was opened by Lieutenant Thrasher
, of Chapman
But no attack was made that day, and on the next morning the Federals
being reinforced by Gen. W. W. Averell
, now for the first time figuring in this region, Jackson
withdrew, and was presently followed by the enemy for a short distance.
On July 3d, Maj. D. Boston Stewart
's battalion repulsed the enemy's cavalry in a gallant little affair at Daniel
In the various reports the officers specially commended were Majors Claiborne
, Captains Spriggs
, and Lieutenants Thrasher
and William Harris
, the latter falling mortally wounded in the charge of Stewart
Brig.-Gen. E. Parker Scammon
was now in command at Charleston
, and Col. John T. Toland
was in charge of the brigade stationed at Camp Piatt.
With seven companies of the Second Virginia, U. S. V., the Thirty-fourth Ohio mounted, and two companies of First Virginia, U. S. V., cavalry, Toland
marched against Wytheville, Va.
, July 13th, through Boone
counties, with instructions to destroy the railroad.
On the 17th the expedition surprised Camp Pendleton in Abb's valley, Tazewell county
, capturing J. E. Stollings
' company and some stores, but allowing one man to escape, who carried the news to Williams
At the same time McCausland
was pressed back from the vicinity of Raleigh
by General Scammon
, and retreated to Mercer Court House, when, learning that Toland
had gone down through Tazewell
, he sent his cavalry to follow and moved his infantry to Bland Court House.
, Major May
, from Williams
' command, attacked his rear, inflicting severe punishment