call out and organize militia and volunteers.
But the reports soon received from Col. George D. Porterfield
and Maj. T. M. Boykin
indicated prevalent apathy and disloyalty, though General Lee
continued for some time, apparently, to cling to the belief that no citizen of Virginia
would betray her interests.
For the small body of men that Porterfield
was able to collect at Grafton
ordered 1,000 muskets and rifles to Beverly
, and some from Harper
's Ferry to Grafton
Soon after the election upon the ordinance of secession, Porterfield
, being advised of a contemplated Federal movement against Grafton
, ordered the burning of two important bridges on the branches of the Baltimore
, northwest and west of Grafton
Considering this an overt act of rebellion, for which he had been waiting, McClellan
, on the 26th, ordered Col. B. F. Kelley
, of the Wheeling Union regiment, with his so-called First and Second Virginia regiments, which contained but few native Virginians
, to move toward Grafton
, to be followed by an Ohio regiment, while other regiments were ordered to occupy Parkersburg
and thence advance on Grafton
, asking for reinforcements, but receiving none, held his position until May 28th, with about 550 badly-armed and undisciplined cavalry and infantry, and then learning of the near approach of Kelley
and the force from Parkersburg
, he fell back to Philippi
, 15 miles southward.
Receiving some slight reinforcements he went in camp, hoping to return to Grafton
and expel the enemy.
on the 30th and was soon followed by General Morris
, with an Indiana brigade.
The combined force prepared to make a night march, in two columns, against Philippi
, and attack at daybreak of Monday, June 3d.
Each Federal column consisted of about 1,500 men; one, Dumont
's, had also two smooth-bore 6-pounders.
's force was about 600 infantry and 173 cavalry.
On the 1st of June, two heroic and loyal Virginia
ladies rode on horseback 34 miles, from Fairmont
, and warned Porterfield
of the Federal
The night of the 2d was dark and stormy, and Porterfield
's raw troops discharged picket duty so badly and were drawn in so near to his camp that Dumont
's artillery got into position