d his right wing swayed forward to accomplish that object, when all at once from the woods, which the enemy were aiming to gain, came a galling fire which staggered and drove them back.
This fire was delivered by Kirby Smith and Early.
So hot was it that it completely checked the Federal charge; and as they wavered, the Southern lines pressed forward with wild cheers.
The enemy were forced to give ground.
Their ranks broke, and in thirty minutes the grand army was in full retreat across Bull Run.
The Whig Submissionist had won his spurs in the first great battle of the war. From that time Early was in active service, and did hard work everywhere — in the Peninsula, where he was severely wounded in the hard struggle of Malvern Hill, and then as General Early, at Cedar Mountain, where he met and repulsed a vigorous advance of General Pope's left wing, in the very inception of the battle.
If Early had given way there, Ewell's column on the high ground to his right would have been cu