On, June 8, 1861 all of
the Confederates in the Tygart River Valley were organized by their new
commander, Brigadier General Robert S. Garnett. Garnett entrenched
his troops a two key points: Laurel Hill and Rich Mountain. By July
8, Garnet had 3,351 troops at Laurel Hill a smaller force at under the
Colonel Pegram was at Rich Mountain. Among the troops at Laurel
Hill was the 1st Virginia, 31st Virginia, and the 37th Virginia Infantries.
The Pittslvania, Charlotte, Greenbrier, Bath and Rockbridge Cavalries and
the Danvilee Artillery were also present. The Union forces were the
7th Indiana, 6th Ohio, 15th Ohio, 16th Ohio, 1st (West) Virginia, and the
2nd (West) Virginia Infantries, along with the 1st Ohio Light Artillery.
The Union forces were led by General Morris. The battle began with both sides sending out patrols to check out each other, only to be driven off by infantry and artillery fire. On July 11th, the sounds of battle could be heard in the distance. General Garnet, afraid of Being Surrounded retreated. Mistaking his own forces for the enemy at Beverly, he retreated towards Parsons. At Corricks Ford he became the first Civil War General to be killed in action.
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