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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 7: the Army of Virginia under General PopeBattle of Cedar Mountain. (search)
ne,--total enlisted men, 1,435; and Greene's brigade, which consisted of the 78th New York Volunteers, a battalion of the 1st District Volunteers, and McGilvray's 6th Maine battery,total enlisted men, 457: making the total for Augur's division actually on the field, 3,013. Greene's brigade reduced by detachments was thrown back on the extreme left, and held in support of a battery. This division in two lines, with its left extending in the direction of Cedar Mountain, was covered by Captain Pitcher's battalion of the 8th and 12th Regulars, with Knapp's battery near the centre of the line, McGilvray's on the extreme left, and Robinson's intermediate. In front the ground was open, with an occasional cornfield and clumps of underbrush, and gradually rising for nearly a mile. Generally along the whole line, with an unobstructed fire over the cornfields and plain, and themselves commanded by the mountain, were our batteries. McGilvray's, Robinson's, Gray's, Knapp's, and Muhlenberg
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 8: battle of Cedar Mountain (continued). (search)
igade) about four hundred yards, saying to General Roberts, Pope's chief-of-staff, that he thought he should attack their batteries before night, that he did not believe the enemy was in considerable force yet, that his men were in the best fighting condition, and that he believed he could carry the field. So far there had been no opposition to our advance, and this perhaps caused Banks to believe that he was frightening Jackson. A battalion from the Eighth and Twelfth Regulars, under Captain Pitcher, from Prince's brigade, had advanced through the corn to within thirty yards of the enemy's line, where, despite grape, canister, and musketry, they maintained their position until their commander and nearly all the company-officers were killed or disabled; until, indeed, the general advance of their brigade. Before five o'clock Banks had determined on a new aggressive movement. This was to attack the enemy with two regiments, one from the left and another from the right of his line o