across Cow Pasture
in boats and so reach Jackson
The running stock of the railroad was in such bad condition, and the grades beyond Millboro
were so heavy, having a temporary track with inclined planes at an unfinished part of the road beyond that point, that Thomas
' brigade could not get any further.
I ran down on the road myself to see if the brigade could not be thrown to some point to intercept the enemy.
Arriving just at night I found General Thomas
in telegraphic communication with Jackson
, and the information was soon received that Averill
's advance had made its appearance on an obscure road across the mountains into the Jackson's River Valley
, and that a small part of Jackson
's men were skirmishing with the enemy.
This road came in above Jackson
's main position, and the party watching it was soon forced back, and Averill
's force got into the road between Jackson
and the bridge above him, which bridge was guarded by a party of some eight or ten reserves, who abandoned their post.
The enemy thus got possession of the bridge and commenced crossing rapidly.
, in the meantime, moved up and attacked the enemy's rear, which he threw into great confusion, capturing over two hundred prisoners. In his alarm the enemy set fire to the bridge, thus cutting off all of his wagons, and some two or three hundred of his men. The wagons were burned and the men left behind subsequently moved up the river and forded by swimming.
All this information was communicated to me that night and next morning by telegram, and I knew that it was useless to make any further attempt to cut the enemy off with my infantry, as he was beyond pursuit of any kind.
When Fitz. Lee
and found Averill
was not coming that way, he moved by the way of Fincastle
in pursuit, and ascertaining what route Averill
had taken, he then went to Covington
and from there followed to Callahan
's, but the greater part of the raiding party