Cheat Mountain, WV
[Camp on Cheat Mountain - Courtesy of the History
of the Fifth West Virginia Cavalry]
September 12-15 1861
Operations in Western Virginia
Gen. Joseph Reynolds
Robert E. Lee and Col. Albert Rust
Gen. Robert E. Lee
directed his first offensive of the war against Brig.
Gen. Joseph Reynolds’ entrenchments on the summit of Cheat Mountain
and in the Tygart Valley.
The Confederate attacks were uncoordinated,
however, and the Federal defense was so stubborn that
Col. Albert Rust (leading the attacks) was convinced that he
confronted an overwhelming force. He actually faced only about 300 determined
called off the attack and, after maneuvering in the vicinity, withdrew to Valley
Head on September 17.
In October, Lee
renewed operations against Laurel Mountain with the troops of
Loring, but the operation was called off because of poor
communication and lack of supplies.
recalled to Richmond on October 30th after achieving little in western Virginia.
1 National Park
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