that these troops, if they fought at all, should be apportioned to ground of which they already had partial knowledge.
Behind Richardson, and near Centreville, Col. Miles was to take up his position in reserve, with his entire First and Second brigades.
These included the Eighth (German Rifles) and Twenty-ninth New York regiment at Borodino have exceeded it in confusion and tumult?
I think not. It did not slack in the least until Centreville was reached.
There the sight of the reserve — Miles's brigade — formed in order on the hill, seemed somewhat to reassure the van. But still the teams and foot-soldiers pushed on, passing their own camps and heading ving.
As it was, enough was left behind to tell the story of the panic.
The rout of the Federal army seemed complete.
A Check to the Retreat.
The sight of Miles's reserve drawn up on the hills at Centreville, supporting a full battery of field-pieces, and the efforts of the few officers still faithful to their trust, encou
sing 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 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 Sangster's. A great deal of work had been done by them, and the numb