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he woods and through the confield. General Early remarks that he did not intend moving to the front in pursuit, but the brigade, without awaiting orders, dashed after the retreating column, driving it entirely out of the woods, and, notwithstanding my efforts to do so, I did not suceeed in stopping it until its flank and rear had become exposed to the fire of the column on the left; i.e., Sedgewick's men. He withdrew it, reformed it, and, being joined by Semmes's brigade, two regiments of Barksdale's brigade, and Anderson's brigade, of D. R. Jones's division, on his right, and Stafford and Grigsby on his left, crushed him with one blow, swept Sedgwick out of the west woods, and he lost 2,255 men in a moment. General Palfrey writes: The Confederate lines marched over them, driving them pell-mell straight through the west woods and the cornfield, and the open ground along the pike. Greene lost 651 men, most of them by Early's assault. General Sumner had attempted to pass entirely