But there still remained a gap on Birney's right, caused by the retirement of Stevens' division.
This Birney pointed out to Kearney, and that gallant soldier, dashing forward to reconnoitre the ground, unwittingly rode into the enemy's lines and was killed.
In his death, the army lost the living ideal of a soldier—a preux chevalier, in whom there were mixed the qualities of chivalry and gallantry as strong as ever beat beneath the mailed coat of an olden knight.
Like Desaix, whom Napoleon characterized as the man most worthy to be his lieutenant, Kearney died opposing a heroic breast to disaster.
On the following day, September 2d, the army was, by order of General Halleck, drawn back within the lines of Washington, and Lee, abandoning direct pursuit, began to turn his eyes towards the north of the Potomac.
Within the fortifications of Washington the army now rested from the labors, fatigues, and privations of this trying campaign, in which, from the Rapidan to the fr