t battle to General Lee states that:
About four o'clock in the afternoon the enemy began to press forward against General Jackson's position.
Wilcox's brigades were moved back to their former position, and Hood's two brigades, supported by Evans, were quickly thrust forward to the attack.
At the same time Wilcox's three brigades made a like advance, as also Hunton's brigade of Kemper's command.
Now we will see how many troops there were.
Wilcox had three brigades and Hood two brigades, Evans one, and Hunton one. Seven brigades of Longstreet's command (besides his artillery), that were formed in battery and playing furiously upon Pope's left in the direction of Groveton, and at four o'clock were attacking Pope's left at that very time, and they were not withdrawn, but continued the onslaught.
At five o'clock (one hour later), General Porter received the 4.30 order to attack the enemy's right and rear at once.
At this very moment when he was ordered to attack the larger p
nce of 2 miles, and kept up a well-directed bombardment until 3 P. M. Armistead immediately opened the batteries of Fort McHenry upon the assailants; but after a while he found that his missiles fell short of his antagonist and were harmless.
The garrison was composed of two companies of sea fencibles, under Captains Bunbury and Addison; two companies of volunteers from the city of Baltimore, under the command of Captains Berry and Pennington; a company of United States artillery, under Captain Evans; a company of volunteer artillerists, led by Judge Joseph H. Nicholson; a detachment of Barney's flotilla, under Lieutenant Redman, and detachments of regulars, 600 strong, furnished by General Winder, and under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart and Major Lane.
Ruins of battery at Fort McHenry. was exposed to a tremendous shower of shells for several hours, without the power to inflict injury in turn, or even to check the fury of the assault; yet they endured the