Asleep when attacked.
remained at Philippi
until the 3d morning of June, when, just at the break of day, the Federals
opened on him and his little army with all the artillery that was available on this occasion.
The Confederates were all asleep apparently when the artillery began to fire.
To oppose McClellan
's vast host Colonel Porterfield
had probably, all told, twelve hundred men, that were poorly armed and equipped for service.
The attacking army was fully 10,000 men, that were armed and equipped in the very best possible condition, under the comnand of General T. A. Morris
, of the Indiana volunteers.
The attack of infantry was led by Col. B. F. Kelly
in person, and had it not been for the timely shooting of Colonel Kelly
by John W. Sheffee
, a member of Capt. Hull
's company, in the streets of Philippi
, as the Colonel
was leading the charge on the routed Virginians
, a greater part of the latter would have been captured.
's company was in the rear of the Virginians, and young Sheffee
took dead aim at Colonel Kelly
, and when the gun cracked he, with great glee, came jumping forward to his companions, and exclaimed, ‘Sergeant
, I have done it!’
‘I flopped that big fellow from his horse that was coming after us so savage.’
was a green mountain boy, but knew how to shoot, and when Colonel Kelly
came wallop to the ground all effort to pursue the Virginians just then stopped, and this break in the charge gave them time to get together and defend themselves.
This Col. B. F. Kelly
is the same man who became a major-general in the Federal
army, and was captured the last winter of the war in Cumberland City, Md.
, by Jesse McNeil
Major-General George Crook
was captured at the same time by Mc-Neil.