three of the enemy's guns, made a thorough reconnoissance, and, after having fully and successfully accomplished the object of this expedition, retired leisurely and in good order to Cheat mountain
, arriving at sundown, having marched 24 miles and been under the enemy's fire four hours. The enemy's force was about 9,000, and we distinctly saw heavy reinforcements of infantry and artillery arrive while we were in front of the works.’
did not disable any of the Confederate
A ball stuck in one of them so it could not be rammed down, and that was retired.
managed his guns with rare skill.
They were without the protection of epaulements, so he constantly shifted them whenever the enemy obtained their range and when he could employ them to more advantage in firing on the Federal
column, as his guns were all of short range, while most of theirs were of long range.
The secretary of war
, under date of October 12th, wrote to General Jackson
: ‘I congratulate both yourself and the officers and men under your command for your brilliant conduct on this occasion and your successful defense of the important position held by you against a force so superior.
The President joins me in the expression of the satisfaction we both feel in finding our confidence in you and your command so fully justified.’
On the 30th of September the Confederate
force under Colonel Gilham
evacuated Valley mountain
, and on October 2d took position on Elk mountain
, where it remained until after the battle of Greenbrier River
After that it fell back to Marlin
's bottom (now Marlinton
), on the Greenbrier
, where it threw up fortifications and remained until late in November, when that portion of the army of the Northwest, with the exception of the cavalry left at Huntersville
, was withdrawn and sent to Winchester
, to Gen. T. J. Jackson
, who had, on the 4th of November, assumed command of the Valley district, which embraced Alleghany mountain.
On the 21st of November, Gen. H. R. Jackson
evacuated Camp Bartow and retired to the summit of Alleghany mountain, leaving only cavalry at Camp Bartow to scout the enemy's front.
On the 22d, from his camp on the mountain, General Jackson
ordered Col. Edward Johnson
, of the Twelfth Georgia, to take command of the garrison on the summit of the mountain, to consist of the