reported to have reproached himself for allowing the attack to have been made so soon — prematurely, in fact.
But, once begun, the struggle was obstinately maintained by troops half fasting and worn out by a twelve hours march.
An official despatch to Richmond from the Confederate camp, says that the Northern troops on the left fought so valiantly and pressed the Southern forces under Gen. Johnston so severely, that the issue seemed doubtful.
It was here, the same despatch states, that Col. Bartow's Georgian regiment was posted, which was so terribly cut up that a large body of our troops from the centre was sent at a critical moment to the left's assistance, and turned the tide of the battle.
When at length obliged to retire, it is evident that the Northern troops soon fell into disorder.
But this, so far from being inexplicable, is only what might naturally be expected under the special circumstances of the case.
The army was composed of volunteers, and however well such troop