game would grow desperate.
But nobly did Hill
, and Taliaferro
respond to the demands of their chief.
First on one and then the other the unequal battle fell.
were wounded while gallantly encouraging their jaded troops to fresh efforts.
attacked with great spirit the head of the enemy's column, which was seeking to interpose between the Confederates
The night of the 28th found both armies resolute in their positions.
The next morning Pope
was ready to overwhelm Jackson
At ten o'clock his batteries opened on the right and the final struggle seemed to be at hand.
But now Longstreet
's columns, urged on by tales of Jackson
's need, begin to file through Thoroughfare gap, and soon the Confederate
right was strengthened with these brigades.
And now once more Hill
and his light division were to fill the place of glory.
At two o'clock the enemy moved in masses upon the railroad embankments forming Jackson
's left, and here Hill
waged, against overwhelming odds, the fiercest contest of that fierce campaign.
The Federals fought with persistent gallantry.
Six times they pushed with superhuman courage up to the very face of the fire.
Once they broke over a cut in the railway, found a gap in the line and fought, hand-to-hand, with their opponents.
It was a battle of giants.
For seven hours the combat lasted, and not until every round of ammunition had been exhausted, and night was gathering about the scene of slaughter, did Hill
yield his position to the troops of Ewell-sent to relieve his exhausted brigades.
In the final engagement of the 30th of August, again the heat and burden of the day fell upon the Confederate
left, and though on one occasion, late in the day, the reserves of the army (Anderson
's Division) were ordered up to reinforce that portion of the line, ere they came into action, the obstinate valor of Hill
, and Trimble
had repulsed the enemy, and Anderson
was sent to the right to take front in Longstreet
That night Pope
hurried-dismayed and undone-into the fortifications on the Potomac
A new chapter in the war was about to be written in letters of blood.
campaign was now opened by the advance of Jackson
Later, when that officer recrossed into Virginia
, to effect the capture of Martinsburg
and Harper's Ferry
, A. P. Hill
was still in the front of the advance.
In the attack on the latter place his division made the assault, and were the first to enter the town.
After the surrender Hill
was left to dispose of the prisoners and captured stores, while Jackson
hastened back to Sharpsburg
, where Lee
, with Longstreet
and D. 11.
, was beset by