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lain sight of both posts, communication cut off, and the supply train for the mountains loaded with provisions that were needed.
Colonel Rust, at 10 p. m. of September ,13th, wrote to General Loring from Camp Bartow, to which he had returned, in obedience to undated instructions from Gen. H. R. Jackson, which read:
Dear Colonel: Return into camp with your command.
So soon as you arrive, address a letter to General Loring, explaining the failure and the reasons of it. Show this to Captain Neill, quartermaster, and let him at once furnish an express ready to take your letter by the near route.
If possible, get the postmaster, Mr. Arbogast, to go, and go rapidly and at once.
Say in your letter that I am in possession of the first summit of Cheat mountain, and in hopes of something going on in Tygart's valley, and shall retain command of it until I receive orders from headquarters.
It may bring on an engagement, but I am prepared, and shall whip them if they come.
P. S.—I ca