's staff and some twenty cavalry brought a note to ‘John Pegram
, styling himself Lieut.-Col.
P. A. C. S.,’ saying he would receive his officers and men as prisoners of war, but could not relieve them from any liabilities incurred by taking up arms against the United States
accepted the terms offered, but when he formed his companies to march to Beverly
, he found that Moorman
and his forty brave mountaineers had left during the night, taking the Seneca
road, as he had proposed.
These in due time reached Monterey
, as could all of Pegram
's command had he boldly pushed forward as Heck
surrendered 22 officers and 259 men of Heck
's regiment, and 8 officers and 166 men of his own.
Returning to General Garnett
, we find that late in the afternoon of the 11th a messenger informed him that the Federals
were in possession of Rich mountain
's rear, and by that time were probably in Beverly
It is asserted that this messenger also reported the road blockaded between Beverly
and Laurel hill
by trees felled across it; which was not true.
Threatened by Morris
' large force in his front, and, as he supposed, by a large one under McClellan
advancing to his rear and occupying his line of retreat to Staunton
evacuated Laurel hill
about midnight, and fell back to Leadsville
, about halfway to Beverly
, where he took a rough country road, leading northeast by way of New Interest and across Cheat river
to Red House
, in western Maryland
, on the Northwestern
turnpike leading from Wheeling
across the mountains through Hardy county
On the 12th, late in the day, he encamped at Kaylor's ford of Shaver
's fork of Cheat river
, after a march of some 15 miles from Leadsville
, his rear extending back some two miles. He resumed his retreat about 8 a. m. of the 13th, with Taliaferro
's and Jackson
's regiments, Hansbrough
's battalion, a section of Shumaker
's battery and a squadron of cavalry in the lead, followed by his baggage train, with the First Georgia, the Twenty-third Virginia, Lanier
of artillery, and Captain Jackson
's cavalry in the rear.
The continuous rains and the passing of the trains cut up the road and made progress slow.
Before he could cross Kaylor's ford the enemy fell on his rear.
then rode back, placed the First Georgia in position, and held the enemy in check