als usually had the best with their superior metal and ammunition.
It was Jackson's role to fight only defensive battle, until he had shaken off the superior force which beset him; so the battle lingered along all day, the casualties being:—
Federal:killed 114,wounded 443,missing 127,total 684
Confederate:killed 41,wounded 232,missing 15, total 288
During the night of the 8th, Jackson returned to Port Republic and improvised a foot-bridge to carry his infantry dry shod across the South River.
Early next morning, leaving a rearguard of two brigades under Trimble and Patton to delay Fremont, the rest of his force was put in motion to find and attack Shields's two brigades, which had unwisely halted about two miles from Port Republic the day before.
I say unwisely, because they were only about 4000 men and 16 guns, but they had a position so beautiful that they were excusable just for the chance of fighting from it.
From the river on the right it extended straight across