tion in line of battle on Jackson's right wing as fast as they arrived, and before sundown the last division of the corps, Hood's Texans, had come up, forming the extreme right of Longstreet's line.
Yet farther on was Stuart with a portion of his caetween some Federal batteries and a section of the famous Washington Artillery, which occupied a space intervening between Hood's Texans and our own position.
While this was going on, a body of Federal cavalry impudently trotted over an open field qgarded as excessive impudence, I determined (with the consent of General Stuart) to give them a lesson.
At my request General Hood detailed to me several of his Texan marksmen, who moved forward with alacrity and pleasure to this exciting little ent bold body of Federal cavalry galloped off as if a legion of demons were in chase of them, amidst the tumultuous shouts of Hood's men, and of our own cavalry and cannoneers, who had been looking on with great interest.
Unfortunately we could not lay
ssumed the aspect of general engagements.
In front of our headquarters, beyond an open field of about half a mile square, Hood's division lay encamped in a piece of wood; in our immediate rear stretched the tents and huts of a part of McLaws's divis; but on the morning of the 4th, an extensive expedition having been undertaken by several hundred of McLaws's men against Hood's encampments, and the occupants of these finding themselves considerably disturbed thereby, suddenly the whole of the di well-directed one, took effect upon our exposed persons.
But all the gallant resistance of McLaws's men was unavailing.
Hood's lines pressed resistlessly forward, carrying everything before them, taking the formidable fortifications, and driving M camps and woods.
Thus ended the battle for the day, unhappily with serious results to some of the combatants, for one of Hood's men had his leg broken, one of McLaws's men lost an eye, and there were other chancewounds on both sides.
ivisions, the right wing of the latter extending across the Telegraph Road, there joining Pickett's troops; and farther on Hood's division, which occupied as nearly as possible the centre of our whole line of battle, at a point where the hills open icure, and the fog was rolling up from the low swampy grounds along the margin of Deep Run Creek, in the immediate front of Hood's and Early's divisions.
Here we turned off into a narrow bridle-path, which bore away some distance from our lines, but em, while Stuart and myself could not look without admiration upon the address and intrepidity our enemies displayed.
General Hood, who had been attracted by the noise of the brisk fusillade, soon came riding up to us, and seeing at a moment what wan, said, This will never do; I must send up some of my Texans, who will make short work of these impudent Yankees.
One of Hood's adjutants galloped off at once with an order from his general, and soon a select number of these dreaded marksmen, crawl
gave way, reaching the second line in their retreat at the same moment nearly with their pursuers, with whom they became indiscriminately mingled, whereby was caused inevitable confusion and great loss of life on our side.
Here the gallant General Gregg fell mortally wounded while attempting to rally his men. Our reserves speedily coming up, however, with the right wing of Early's division, the Yankees were repulsed with severe loss, and pursued far into the plain.
The whole of Early's and Hood's divisions now soon became engaged, and after a short but sanguinary contest succeeded in driving back the enemy in like manner with fearful slaughter.
Again and again, with the most obstinate courage and energy, did the Federals renew the attack, bringing more and more fresh troops into action; but their dense lines were so much shattered by the appalling fire of our artillery that, upon coming within range of our infantry and being there received with a withering hail of bullets, they bro
e advancedguard of a much larger force sent by the Federals to destroy our railway communications — an enterprise which, after this partial defeat, they abandoned altogether.
The main body of the Federal army, numbering about 100,000 men, had in the meanwhile centred in the neighbourhood of Chancellorsville, the three corps coming from the Rapidan having united with those which had crossed the Rappahannock at United States and Banks Ford.
A strong force still remained opposite Fredericksburg, watched on our side by Early's division.
The bulk of our army confronted the enemy in line of battle, almost perpendicularly to the Rappahannock-Anderson's and McLaws's divisions of Longstreet's corps forming the right, Jackson's corps the left wing, our whole numbers amounting to about 50,000 men.
General Longstreet himself, with Picket's and Hood's divisions, had some time since been detailed to North Carolina, where he was operating against a Federal army in the neighbourhood of Suffolk
rom North Carolina, and several brigades joined to these from Beauregard's army.
The army of Northern Virginia was now divided into three equal and distinct corps, each numbering about 20,000 men. Longstreet commanded the 1st corps, consisting of Hood's, McLaws's, and Picket's divisions; Ewell the 2d, consisting of Early's, Rodes's, and Johnson's divisions, formerly under Jackson's command, and now committed to this general in accordance with a request made by Stonewall on his deathbed, in hisup our headquarters on the heights near Brandy Station.
Next day the cavalry corps had the honour of being reviewed by our Commander-in-Chief, but this time the spectators were no longer ladies, our fair visitors having departed, but the whole of Hood's division, amounting to about 10,000 men, who were present as lookers-on, at their own request.
No sooner was the review over than a courier galloped up with the report that the enemy had made his appearance in strong force on the river.