, where he established his headquarters, about the last of July, and began to make arrangements for the proposed forward movements on the Federal
forces at Huttonsville
and on Cheat mountain
found at Huttonsville Col. George Maney
's First Tennessee, Col. Robert Hatton
's Seventh Tennessee, Col. John H. Savage
's Sixteenth Tennessee, Col. John A. Campbell
's Forty-eighth Virginia, Maj. John D. Munford
's First Virginia battalion of regulars, Maj. W. H. F. Lee
's squadron of Virginia
cavalry, and Marye
's and Stanley
's Virginia batteries of artillery. Colonels Gilham
were at Valley mountain
, 28 miles west of Huntersville
, with their two regiments, and Col. J. S. Burks
' Forty-second Virginia and a Georgia regiment were en route from Millboro
The effective force on the Huntersville
line was about 8,500 men, most excellent material for an efficient army, as they were all well armed and well equipped by the respective States that had sent them to the field.
Most of them were skilled in the use of arms, as they had received military instruction in the volunteer companies which had been organized into regiments of State troops.
Many of their officers were trained men, and all were in fine spirits and eager to be led against the enemy.
It was obvious to all who were informed in reference to the position of the enemy, the intervening country, and the season of the year, that the success of the proposed movement depended altogether upon its speedy execution.
had a trained staff, most of them old army officers, competent to expedite military operations.
The point of vantage in the advance was already occupied by Colonel Gilham
, and yet, to the surprise of every one, Loring
lingered at Huntersville
, giving his attention to establishing there a depot of supplies and to organizing a supply train, ignoring the facts that it was only two days march to the enemy's position near Huttonsville
; that beef cattle were abundant along the line of advance, and that so soon as Huttonsville
should be reached, the road over Cheat mountain
would be opened, if that position were captured, and supplies could be sent from Staunton
over the Parkersburg turnpike
The unsatisfactory results of military operations in northwestern Virginia
and the constant appeals from the leading men of. that region to be rid of Federal domination,