directed to leave Trimble
's Brigade and part of Patton
's to hold Fremont
in check, and to move at an early hour to Port Royal
to follow Winder
's Brigade was left in charge of the batteries along the river, and to protect Trimble
's retreat if necessary.
The force left in Fremont
's front was directed to make all the show possible, and to delay the Federal
advance to the extent of its power.
The Confederate commander proposed, in case of an easy victory over Shields
in the morning, to return to the Harrisonburg
side of the river and attack Fremont
in the afternoon.
In case, however, of delay, and a vigorous advance on Fremont
's part, Trimble
was to retire by the bridge into Port Republic
and burn it, to prevent his antagonist from following.
urged forward in person the construction of the foot bridge and the slow passage of his troops over the imperfect structure.
's and Taylor
's Brigades had crossed he would wait no longer, but moved forward toward the enemy, and when he found him, ordered Winder
The Federal General Tyler
had posted his force strongly on a line perpendicular to the river, his left especially in a commanding position and protected by dense woods.
attacked with vigor, but soon found the Federal
position too strong to be carried by his brigade of twelve hundred men. Taylor
went to his assistance, but met with a stubborn resistance and varying success.
was forced back until other troops came up and enabled him once more to go forward.
, finding the resistance of the enemy so much more stubborn than he had expected, and that his first attack had failed, determined to concentrate his whole force and give up all intention of recrossing the river.
He, therefore, sent orders to Trimble
to leave Fremont
's front, move over the bridge, burn it, and join the main body of the army as speedily as possible.
This was done.
Before his rear guard had arrived, however, a renewed attack in overwhelming force on Tyler
had carried his position, captured his battery, and compelled him to retreat in more or less disorder.
The pursuit continued for eight miles; four hundred and. fifty prisoners and six guns were captured, and two hundred and seventy-five wounded paroled in the hospitals near the field.
I have seen no official statement of the Federal
loss, but the above was, of course, the greater part of it. Jackson
's total loss was eight hundred and seventy-six.
had advanced cautiously against Trimble
in the forenoon, and had followed as the latter withdrew and burnt the bridge.
By this last act Fremont
was compelled to remain an inactive spectator of the defeat of Tyler
thus describes the scene when he reached the river: