ame exposed to an artillery fire.
It happened, too, that the left company became separated from the rest of the regiment by a thicket; and Colonel Townsend not being aware of this, and seeing the glistening of bayonets in the woods, concluded the enemy was outflanking him, and so fell back to his first position.
The regiment that had gone round on the other flank found itself in a difficult situation, where being exposed to pretty severe fire, it was found hard to bring the men up; and Major Winthrop, aid to General Butler, a young man of superior culture and promise, was killed while rallying the troops to the assault.
Lieutenant Greble, of the regular artillery, who had handled his guns very skilfully and caused the enemy to withdraw a battery posted to command the road leading to Bethel, was also killed; and the aggregate loss was found to be about a hundred men. General Pierce then ordered a retreat, and the regiments marched off as on parade.
Colonel Warren, who alone protest
ly in a very modified sense could I be said to have as yet reported favorably to getting possession of the road.
At most, I had but expressed my willingness to try, venturing a little on my own responsibility to achieve a desired end, and ready to make every hazard, if ordered.
Simultaneous with this advance of General Ayres' picket-line, the enemy attacked us in heavy force. Warren: Report of Operations.
Hardly, however, was this reconnoissance begun by an advance of the brigade of Winthrop, at half-past 10 A. M., than a heavy attack fell upon Warren.
It was Lee's initiative.
Often before had he broken up these turning movements in their inception by falling heavily on the exposed flank of the Union force.
Once more he essayed the like blow, and, to give it all the weight possible, he threw into it the bulk of the troops he had collected and formed on his right.
The attack upon Warren was sudden, and burst out simultaneously both from the north and west.
It was indeed
nto Virginia in front of Meade, 369.
Willoughby's Run, battle of, 330.
Winchester, Johnston's position and force, 45; battle of, between Banks and Jackson, 125; Jackson defeated by General Shields, 92; Ewell arrives before, 314; abandoned by Milroy after infamously feeble defence, 318; entered, 318; occupied by Hill, 319; battle of, 556; Sheridan's and Early's dispositions, 556; battle of—strength of the two armies, 558; Early retreats to Fisher's Hill (see also Sheridan), 558.
Winthrop, Major, killed at Bethel, 32.
Wistar's raid to Bottom's Bridge, 398.
Wright, General, at battle of Cedar Creek, 561; credit due to at battle of Cedar Creek, 563.
Yellow Tavern, Sheridan's victory at, 459.
York River Railroad, supply line abandoned by McClellan, 154.
York and Pamunky rivers, McClellan en route by, 120.
York River, Franklin's ascension of, in pursuit of Johnston, 117.
Yorktown, McClellan's advance arrived at, and Lee's Mills, 101; description and map of Conf