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e turn south and get behind the enemy. Colonel Heintzelman's division was to follow Hunter's as faounded at the head of his division. Colonel S. P. Heintzelman, Seventeenth Infantry, wounded in thing stated that it was a regiment sent by Col. Heintzelman to support the battery. In this charge otry. Capt. Averill. Third Division. Colonel Heintzelman's report. Headquarters Third Divisble consideration. Very respectfully, S. P. Heintzelman, Colonel of the Seventeenth Infantry, Cors, serving as an aid upon the staff of Colonel Heintzelman, commanding our division, informed me timply to communicate with the division of Col. Heintzelman, I preferred accompanying the division of. W. Snyder, to the Third Division, under Col. Heintzelman. Capt. B. S. Alexander and First Lieutt to guide it to its proper position, and Col. Heintzelman, 17th United States Infantry, performed tte of the repeated and earnest efforts of Col. Heintzelman with the latter, and myself with the form[29 more...]
ovement of the divisions under Col. Hunter and Col. Heintzelman should be told of by others who accompanied thg, comprising the divisions of Col. Hunter and Col. Heintzelman, was carried around a good distance to the riglert, Gen. McDowell led the columns of hunter and Heintzelman far around by the right, to the enemy's flank andd slowly to the left, assuring us that Hunter and Heintzelman were pushing forward, and driving the enemy beforppeared to have reached its climax. Hunter's and Heintzelman's divisions were deep in the enemy's position, anHow far the enemy had retreated before Hunter and Heintzelman, I cannot say, but I am given to understand that t where they had been most vehemently repulsed by Heintzelman. A long line of apparently fresh regiments was btually met. Many who came into the battle with Col. Heintzelman and Col. Hunter fled by the road over which Get to cover the retreat of Tyler's division. With Heintzelman's it was better: Lieut. Drummond's cavalry troop
y, a portion of the Second cavalry, and the Fifth Artillery battery, under Col. Burnside; the First and Second Ohio, the Seventy-first New York, and two New Hampshire regiments,with the renowned Rhode Island battery. After Hunter's followed Col. Heintzelman's Division, including the Fourth and Fifth Massachusetts and the First Minnesota regiments, with a cavalry company and a battery, all under Col. Franklin, and the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Maine and Second Vermont regiments under Col. Howardto support the artillery. Meanwhile, in the lull which I have mentioned, the thousand heroic details of Federal valor and the shamelessness of rebel treachery began to reach our ears. We learned the loss of the brave Cameron, the wounding of Heintzelman and Hunter, the fall of Haggerty, and Slocum, and Wilcox. We heard of the dash of the Irishmen and their decimation, and of the havoc made and sustained by the Rhode Islanders, the Highlanders, the Zouaves, and the Connecticut Third; then of
Light Artillery, 2d R. I. Regiment. Third Division. Colonel S. P. Heintzelman, 17th Infantry, commanding. First Brigade.--Col. W. B.was composed of the Third division, three brigades, under Colonel S. P. Heintzelman, United States Army; and the Fifth division, two brigadeseneral McDowell sent word to the divisions of Colonels Miles and Heintzelman, composing the left wing, to halt, and himself and staff, escortintrenched upon the route of the divisions of Colonels Mills and Heintzelman. Early this morning the livery stables were besieged with apply, that General Tyler's First, and Colonel Hunter's Second, Colonel Heintzelman's Third, and Colonel Miles' Fifth division, representing a f House evacuated, and occupied by Colonel Hunter's division; Colonels Heintzelman and Miles's divisions are a short distance south of the Cours position about half way between Germantown and Centreville. Col. Heintzelman had not been heard from at three o'clock, and Gen. McDowell to
sland regiment, under Gov. Sprague. The right column, which had taken the upper road, and under Col. Tyler was to enter Fairfax from the direction of Germantown, consisted of about 12,000. To the south of us were Col. Miles with 5,700, and Col. Heintzelman with 10,000 men. We had thus a force of about 35,000 advancing from this point towards Manassas Junction. It is understood also that Gen. Patterson was to commence his advance towards Winchester yesterday, and to push Gen. Johnston, so as tell informed us that he was concentrating four columns at Fairfax Court House--one on the right, under Gen. Tyler, of about 12,000 men, through Falls Village and Germantown; one on the left, of about 5,700 under Miles, and the left wing, under Heintzelman, with about 6,000. Suddenly, as we were picking berries by the road-side, came the word Halt! An orderly rode up and said, General, we are in a trap; trees are cut down in front of us; there seems to be a masked battery beyond! The General
move forward to Centreville. The Fifth (Miles') is at the crossing of the old Braddock road with the road from this to Fairfax Station, and is ordered forward to Centreville by the old Braddock road. Barry's battery has joined it. One of Colonel Heintzelman's brigades (Wilcox) is at Fairfax Station. Colonel Heintzelman and his other brigade are below the station, but he has not reported to me since we have been here, and I have not been able to communicate with him. I think they are at SangstColonel Heintzelman and his other brigade are below the station, but he has not reported to me since we have been here, and I have not been able to communicate with him. I think they are at Sangster's Station. The four men wounded yesterday belonged to Colonel Miles' division, who had some slight skirmishing in reaching the position. Each column encountered about the same obstructions — trees felled across the road — but the axemen cleared them out in a few moments. There were extensive breastworks thrown up at this place, and some of them with embrasures resettled with sandbags. Extensive breastworks were also thrown up at the Fairfax railroad station, and the road leading to San
pression of the secessionists, and the recent vandal acts of arson committed by our then uncontrolled troops. They said that all the able-bodied men of the village had been pressed into the traitor service on the day before at tile point of the bayonet, before which they were driven in the direction of Manassas. Leaving there for Centreville, I found our troops strewed along on each side of the road, resting at their noon halt. The whole road was lined with them thus. A portion of Col. Heintzelman's division was in the rear, in and around Germantown. Those seen on the road to Centreville were principally of Gen. Tyler's column — the Maine, Connecticut, and other regiments. Two and a half miles east of Centreville I heard firing in the advance, and, on reaching there, learned that an engagement was evidently in progress before the enemy's intrenchments at Bull Run, half way from that village to Manassas Junction. I learned that the enemy had evacuated his slight Centreville
s from Alexandria to Centreville and beyond. They were all of the most formidable and extensive character. It is thought by them that Manassas Junction is encircled by a chain of batteries, which can only be penetrated by severe fighting. All the intrenchments evidence consummate skill in their construction. The entire column under Gen. McDowell fell back at 8 o'clock on Thursday evening, a short distance from Centreville, where they encamped. They were joined during the evening by Heintzelman's command, and on the succeeding morning by that of Col. Burnside, all of which troops are encamped there. Later in the evening, Gen. Schenck's brigade of Ohio troops was sent forward on the Hainesville road to flank the batteries, but no tidings had been heard of them up to 8 o'clock yesterday (Friday) morning, when the Congressmen left Gen. McDowell's Headquarters, bringing with them his despatches to the War Department. These despatches put the loss of the Federalists in killed a
ral hundred yards. Forming in column of divisions Sykes' battalion advanced a considerable distance, until they drew upon themselves an intensely hot fire of musketry and artillery. This was a trying moment. The volunteers expected much of the regulars, and gazed upon them as they stood in unbroken line, receiving the fire, and returning it with fatal precision. Impressions and resolutions are formed on the battle-field in an instant. The impression at this moment was a happy one, and Heintzelman's brigade coming up into line, our forces steadily advanced upon the retreating rebels. The batteries, which had been meanwhile recruited with men and horses, renewed their fire with increased effect, and our supremacy upon the field was apparent. The enemy's fire was now terrific. Shell, round-shot, and grape from their batteries covered the field with clouds of dust, and many a gallant fellow fell in that brief time. At this juncture the volunteers, who hitherto had behaved nobly, s