d Lee near by. Pope should have known that Longstreet had passed through—he did not. Believing fatuously that Jackson alone was in his front, and borrowing his adversary's favorite tactics, he endeavored, by turning his left flank, to reoccupy Gainesville, so as to separate him from Lee. This was a weak effort to make good a fatal blunder.
Had Pope held Gainesville from the morning of the 28th on, he could have barred the gap to Longstreet.
On the 29th the attempt to regain the town was too Gainesville from the morning of the 28th on, he could have barred the gap to Longstreet.
On the 29th the attempt to regain the town was too late.
Longstreet had already passed through and joined forces with Jackson.
Heavy fighting began on August 28th and continued on the 29th and 30th.
The fronts of battle changed from day to day. The Second Louisiana brigade under General Starke was engaged on the 28th at Groveton, in a conflict both fierce and sanguinary, holding its line of battle at the crest of a hill.
Taliaferro, division commander, was wounded, and Starke filled his place, Colonel Stafford resuming brigade command.