Sept. 11-12, 1861: BATTLE OF CHEAT MTN., VA - Gen. Robert E. Lee, in command of the Confederate troops in mountainous Western Virginia, directs Col. Albert Rust to attack Union positions with his brigade in a pass by Cheat Mountain. Gen. Joseph Reynolds of the US Army holds firm against repeated attacks, even though only 300 Union troops are involved. Torrential rain and no reserve supplies force Rust to break off the attacks the next day.
Union Victory. Losses: US 80, CS 90