not come, Loring
marched late that night toward his old camp at Valley mountain
, which he reached early in the morning of the 16th.
remained in front of the Cheat mountain
redoubt on the 14th and 15th, threatening to attack, especially on the 15th, when he made a demonstration on the Federal
left; after which, at night, he returned to his Greenbrier river
Shortly after General Lee
left Valley mountain
he sent back orders to Loring
to send reinforcements to Floyd
was very ill, and the doctor would not allow him to be disturbed.
A council of brigade and regimental commanders was called, that decided that the army should march at once for the relief of Floyd
, leaving Gilham
's brigade to cover the movement and take care of the 1,500 sick that were then in and near the camp.
The march began promptly, and Gilham
addressed himself to the hard task of removing the sick, the stores and his brigade equipage to Huntersville
over nearly impassable roads.
The division quartermaster failed to furnish sufficient transportation before the Federals
appeared, the last of September, in full force, in his front and drove in his pickets.
He made dispositions to repel an attack during a torrent-like downpour of rain.
Early the next morning Gilham
retired from Valley mountain
, taking his remaining sick and such stores as he had transportation for and destroying the remainder.
The Federals did not follow.
After the withdrawal of the larger part of the army of the Northwest to the Kanawha
line, the opposing forces on the Staunton-Beverly line remained quiet, mainly because of the condition of the almost impassable roads and of the constant rains; the Federal
forces in their Cheat mountain
fortifications, and at Huttonsville
on their line of communication toward Grafton
; and the Monterey
division of the Confederate forces at Camp Bartow, on the Staunton and Parkersburg turnpike
, in the valley of the Greenbrier
, 12 miles east from the Federal
fortress on Cheat mountain
, and on the Huntersville
line at Valley mountain
, with detachments on the road to its base of supplies at Millboro depot.
The portion of the army of the Northwest left on the line leading to Beverly
was in command of Brig.-Gen. Henry R. Jackson
, with headquarters at Camp Bartow.