eafter the enemy fell back beyond New Market, where Sigel, assuming the defensive, took a strong position, in which to wait for an attack.
Our artillery was moved forward, and opened with effect upon the enemy's position; then our infantry advanced with the steadiness of troops on dress parade, the precision of the cadets serving well as a color-guide for the brigades on either side to dress by. . . . The Federal line had the advantage of a stone wall which served as a breastwork.
I. Stoddard Johnston, Southern Historical Society Papers, June, 1879, p. 258 et seq. Sigel's cavalry attempted to turn our right flank, but was repulsed disastrously, and in a few moments the enemy was in full retreat, crossing the Shenandoah and burning the bridge behind him.
Breckinridge captured five pieces of artillery and over five hundred prisoners, exclusive of the wounded left on the field.
Our loss was several hundred killed and wounded. General Lee, after receiving notice of this, ordered Br