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ttles around Richmond a staff officer galloped up to him and reported: General Ewell says, sir, that he cannot well advance until that battery over there is silenced. Turning to one of his staff, he said: Gallop as hard as you can, and tell Major Andrews to bring sixteen guns to bear on that battery, and silence it immediately. Soon Andrews was in position; his guns opened, and before long the battery was silenced. When this was reported to Jackson, he said, with a quiet smile: Now, tell Andrews was in position; his guns opened, and before long the battery was silenced. When this was reported to Jackson, he said, with a quiet smile: Now, tell General Ewell to drive them. In the afternoon at Gains' Mill, June 27th, 1862, the progress seemed not to have been as rapid as he expected, as gallant Fitz John Porter made a heroic defense, and Jackson exclaimed to one of his staff: This thing has hung fire too long; go rapidly to every brigade commander in my corps and tell him that if the enemy stands at sundown he must advance his brigade regardless of others, and sweep the field with the bayonet. It was this order that won the day d