the New River
's main force was then stationed.
had just settled his command at Carnifex Ferry
, when he received intelligence that some National troops were approaching from the direction of Summersville
, north of him. These were the Seventh Ohio, under Colonel E. B. Tyler
, who, as a fur-trader, had made himself well acquainted with that region.
had been placed in a perilous position in passing over the Gauley
, by the cap-sizing of a ferry-boat.
His command was severed; most of his cavalry and four pieces of artillery being on the southern side of the river, whilst his infantry and a small portion of his cavalry were on the opposite shore.
had information of this affair, and hoped to strike Floyd
before he could reunite his troops.
But he was a little too late.
lie was encamped at Cross.
Lanes, not far from Summersville
, on the night of the 25th of August, and, while at breakfast the next morning,
his command was surprised by a force of Virginians
sent out stealthily by Floyd
, severely handled, and dispersed with the loss of about fifty men.
, soon after this defeat of Tyler
, marched to the aid of Cox
He issued a stirring proclamation to the loyal inhabitants of Western Virginia
, and promised them ample protection.
, of Ohio
, in the mean time, had advanced from Charleston
to the site of Gauley bridge
, which Wise
, in his hasty flight, had burnt; and, at the junction of New River
with the Gauley
he had reported to Governor Pierpont
, on the 29th of July, that the Kanawha Valley
was “free from the Secession troops,” and that the inhabitants were denouncing Wise
“for his vandalism.”
He had moved up the Kanawha
, by land and water, having under his control a number of steamboats.
His whole force proceeded cautiously, for masked batteries were dreaded.
His scouting parties were very active.
One of these, under Colonel Guthrie
, composed of the First Kentucky cavalry, routed a Confederate troop at Cissonville.
Others were driven from their camps, and as Cox
moved steadily onward, Wise
, as we have observed, becoming alarmed,2
abandoned his strong intrenchments at Charleston
, and fled up the river, burning the bridges over the streams in his rear.
When appreaching the abandoned town, Cox
captured a Confederate steamer, and on the 25th of July he entered the
village, just after the Confederate
rear-guard had left.
He found the fine suspension bridge over the Elk River
in ruins, and Wise
beyond his reach; so he fortified his position there, and, with some of his troops, followed his fugitive foe as far as the confluence of the New
and Gauley Rivers
, and took position, as we have observed, in the region between them.