's Corps, near Groveton
, a place on the Warrenton turnpike
, below New Baltimore.
As soon as the two corps of the Confederate army were again united, Lieutenant Payne
, with his detachment, was ordered to report to his command.
The Black Horse, thus consolidated, took part in the great battle of the 30th, the Second Manassas
, in which General Pope
was as disastrously defeated as McDowell
had been on the same ground.
In this engagement, many members of the Black Horse
were fatally wounded, among them Erasmus Helm, Jr.
, than whom there was no braver soldier nor more charming gentleman.
The second battle of Manassas
continued through three days, and was unsurpassed for severity by any fought during this bloody war. The effect of the heavy rain, which had prevented Lee
from crossing his army at the Fauquier Springs
, was now experienced in all its force; for Pope
, in this prolonged struggle, was heavily reinforced from McClellan
's army transported from Harrison's Landing
, which could not have been done had the battle taken place in the vicinity of the Rappahannock
according, as we have seen, to Lee
's first design.
The Federal army, having been routed from every position it had occupied in the battle, retreated into the strongly intrenched camp at Centreville
, whose fortifications had been constructed by the combined skill of Johnston
during the first winter of the war, and now a second time offered its shelter to a broken, defeated and demoralized Federal army.
On Sunday morning, while the victorious army was recruiting its wearied virtue and binding up its wounds, Lee
, sitting on a fallen tree, were engaged in close consultation.
Their horses were grazing at a short distance, when an alarm was given that the Federal
cavalry were approaching.
The two generals sprang for their horses, but failed to secure them, and in doing so Lee
fell forward and so injured his hands as to be compelled to ride in an ambulance through the ensuing Maryland campaign
with his hands bandaged and in a sling.
At this critical moment two privates of the Black Horse
tendered their horses and the officers were again mounted.
But it proved to be a false alarm.
At noon the Confederates
began to march to Pope
's rear, at Centreville
, passing Sudley church and Cub run
bridge, the object being again to interrupt Pope
's communications, and compel a renewal of the conflict.
When the Federal
general discovered this movement he moved out of the ramparts at Centreville
, and with disorganized masses recommenced his retreat toward the Potomac
From the crest of a high hill Jackson
saw the retreating columns, and, at the same time, observed a detachment of the