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ents, and a brilliant affair on Scary Creek, in Putnam County, where Col. Patton with a small force repulsed three Federal regiments, Gen. Wise prepared to give battle to the Federal forces, which, under the command of Gen. Cox, had been largely increased, and which were steadily advancing up the Valley, both by land and water.
But the conflict was not to occur.
A more formidable danger, from a different direction, menaced the Confederates.
The disaster at Rich Mountain — the surrender of Pegram's force, and the retreat northward of Garnett's army, had withdrawn all support from the right flank, and, indeed, from the rear of Gen. Wise.
He was in danger of being cut off in the rear by several roads from the northwest, striking the Kanawha road at various points between Lewisburg and Gauley Bridge.
The danger seemed to him so pressing, that he fell back immediately with his entire force, first to Gauley Bridge and thence to Lewisburg, reaching the latter place about the 1st of Augu