of it are killed, wounded or prisoners.
Exhausted nature can do no more.
Weary and foot-sore, the soldiers lie down to rest.
, amazed at this irruption, by which his flank is turned and his communications threatened, begins, during the night, a precipitate retreat to Winchester
anticipates this, and presses on, the next morning, to Middletown
, a village between Strasburg
, to find the road still filled with Federal trains and troops.
Capturing and scattering these in every direction, he follows on after the main body, which has already passed him toward Winchester
He overhauls them in the afternoon, pushes Banks
' rear guard before him all night, and, having given but one hour to rest, at daylight, on the 25th of May, reaches Winchester
, to find the Federal
forces drawn up across the approaches to the town from the south and southeast.
The main part of ,Banks' army occupies the ridge on which the battle of Kernstown
had been fought, but at a point two miles further north, while another part held the Front Royal
road, on which Ewell
, with a part of his division, was advancing.
A vigorous attack is at once made by the Confederates
, which, for a short time, is bravely resisted; but the Federal
lines begin to yield, and seeing himself about to be overwhelmed, Banks
retreats through Winchester
presses closely, and the Federals
emerge from the town a mass of disordered fugitives, making their way, with all speed, toward the Potomac
The Confederate infantry followed for several miles, capturing a large number of prisoners, and had the cavalry been as efficient, but few of Banks
' troops would have escaped.
halts on the north side of the Potomac
, and Jackson
allows his exhausted men to rest at Winchester
Thorough and glorious was Jackson
In forty-eight hours the enemy had been driven between fifty and sixty miles, from Front Royal
, to the Potomac
, with the loss of more than one-third of his entire strength.
His army had crossed the latter river a disorganized mass.
Hundreds of wagons had been abandoned or burned.
Two pieces of artillery, and an immense quantity of quartermaster, commissary
, medical, and ordnance stores had fallen into the hands of the victor.
Some twenty-three hundred prisoners were taken to the rear when Jackson
fell back, beside seven hundred and fifty wounded and sick paroled, and left in the hospitals at Winchester
, making a total of about three thousand and fifty.
A day is given, according to Jackson
's custom, to religious services and thanksgiving, and another to rest, and on the third he is again moving toward Harper's Ferry
, in order, by the most