by the Huntersville
line on the enemy's camp at Elkwater
, some 16 miles in front of Valley mountain
, and by the Monterey
line on that on Cheat mountain, some 12 miles from the Confederate
camp on Greenbrier river
The two Federal camps were about 7 miles apart by a bridle path, and 17 miles by the circuitous turnpike roads.
Before divulging his plan of campaign, General Loring
(doubtless by the advice of General Lee
, who knew the advantages of organization), on the 8th of September issued general orders No. 10, brigading the army of the Northwest as follows: The First brigade, under Brig.-Gen. H. R. Jackson
, to consist of the Twelfth Georgia, Third Arkansas, Thirty-first and Fifty-second Virginia, the Ninth Virginia battalion, the Danville, Va.
, artillery, and Jackson, Va.
, cavalry; the Second brigade, under Brig.-Gen. S. R. Anderson
, to consist of the First, Seventh and Fourteenth Tennessee, Hampden artillery and Alexander
's cavalry; the Third brigade, under Brig.-Gen. D. S. Donelson
, to consist of the Eighth and Sixteenth Tennessee, the First and Fourteenth Georgia, and the Greenbrier
, Va., cavalry; the Fourth brigade, under Col. William Gilham
, to consist of the Twenty-first Virginia, Sixth North Carolina, First battalion of Confederate States
provisional army, and the Troup artillery; the Fifth brigade, under Col. William B. Taliaferro
, to consist of the Twenty-third, Twenty-fifth, Thirty-seventh and Forty-fourth Virginia, and Rice
's and the Lee Virginia batteries; the Sixth brigade, under Col. J. S. Burks
, to consist of the Forty-second and Forty-eighth Virginia and Lee
's Virginia cavalry.
A section of the Hampden artillery was assigned to the Third brigade, and one from the Troup artillery to the Sixth brigade, for field service.
Of these six brigades, the Second, Third, Fourth and Sixth formed the Huntersville division, under the immediate command of General Loring
; while the First and Fifth formed the Monterey
division, under the immediate command of Gen. H. R. Jackson
, the command of his own brigade devolving on Col. Albert Rust
, of the Third Arkansas.
The Federal force in front of Loring
at this time was the ‘First brigade of the army of Occupation of West Virginia
,’ commanded by Brig.-Gen. Joseph J. Reynolds
, with headquarters at Elkwater