ad, swept by the accurate fire of the Louisianians and McLaws' veterans — the head of the column went down, only to be filled by the gallant fellows behind.
Into the jaws of death they came, up to the very works-then, with half their number dead and dying about their feet, they broke, the left gave way-and the bloody field was won at all points.
The victory was terrible and complete.
But it had cost dear, and the rejoicing in Richmond was tempered with sorrow for the loss of such as Maxcy Gregg, Cobb, and many others, lying cold upon the field of victory.
And with the first feeling of triumph the news brought, came the thought that this time surely the enemy would be pushed-this time he was indeed a prey!
Broken and demoralized, with a deep river in his rear that he must cross in pontoons, the people felt that he could surely be destroyed before reaching his Stafford stronghold.
But once again, as ever, the shattered and broken legions of Burnside were allowed two days to
en, upon riding to his extreme right, he found his commander at that point seeking the enemy in his immediate front, and commended the officer upon his vigilance,--twelve hours after the retreat of the enemy's forces.
The forces engaged and their respective casualties follow:
General Bragg's returns of the 20th of August-the last of record-reported his aggregate of all arms43,866
Reinforced from J. E. Johnston's army in August9,000
Reinforced from J. E. Johnston's army in September (Gregg and McNair）2,500
Reinforced from General Lee's army, September 18 and 19 (a large estimate)5,000
Losses on the 18th and 19th1,124
Aggregate for battle on the 20th59,242
General Rosecrans's return of September 20, 1863, showed: Aggregate of infantry, equipped46,561
Aggregate of cavalry, equipped10,114
Aggregate of artillery, equipped4,192
Confederate losses (estimated; returns imperfect)17,800
Union losses by returns (infantry, artillery, and cavalry)16,550