who took command.
The little army was badly defeated at Piedmont
, and Jones
gallantly opposed the advance of Crook
, delaying their junction with Hunter
, and meanwhile Lynchburg
was reinforced by Early
On the day that Early
's advance arrived, Imboden
went out to meet Hunter
's combined army to hold it back long enough to insure the safety of the city, attacking the enemy gallantly at New London, and on Friday, June 17th, 4 miles from Lynchburg
, made a brilliant fight, losing 100 killed and wounded, after which they fell back unmolested to the fortifications of the city.
After a battle before Lynchburg
retreated to Salem
His rear guard, under Averell
, was defeated at Liberty
, and near Salem
two of his batteries were captured by the Confederate cavalry.
Harassed and headed off by Early
turned toward Lewisburg
, and reached Gauley bridge
June 27th, moving thence to Charleston
, whence his army was sent back by rail to the lower Shenandoah valley.
This retreat across the State
was the last great military movement in West Virginia
The campaign of Early
's army through Maryland
and the railroad communications of Baltimore
was shared by the brigades of Echols
, and the batteries formerly associated with the army of Western Virginia
These commands also participated in the campaign against Sheridan
in the Shenandoah valley.
When General Early
was advancing down the valley of Virginia
on his march toward Washington
, the Twentythird Virginia
cavalry, under Col. Robert White
, with one piece of artillery, was detached from the main command and sent a distance of some 50 miles northwest to capture and destroy the bridge of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad at the junction of the North and South branches of the Potomac
Upon reaching the hill overlooking the bridge a little after midday, July 4th, it was found that