[five weeks after the fight] that the number may be increased to 1,600.
That is certainly a very lean exhibit of prisoners as the fruit of so decisive a victory; but the fleetness of our soldiers is to be taken into the account.
He guesses that our losses will amount to 4,500 in killed, wounded, and prisoners, and adds:
The ordnance and supplies captured include some 281 field-pieces of the best character of arms,2 with over 100 rounds of ammunition for each gun, 37 caissons, 6 forges, 4 battery-wagons, 64 artillery horses, completely equipped, 500,000 rounds of smallarms ammunition, 4,500 sets of accouterments, over 500 muskets, some 9 regimental and garrison flags, with a large number of pistols, knapsacks, swords, canteens, blankets, a large store of axes and intrenching tools, wagons, ambulances, horses, camp and garrison equipage, hospital stores, and some subsistence.
At 7 A. M., of Monday, the 22d, the last of our stragglers and wounded left Centerville
, which a Rebel cavalry force was about to enter.
But there was no pursuit, and no loss on our part after the battle, but of what our men threw away.
explains his failure to pursue, after our discomfiture, as follows:
An army which had fought like ours on that day, against uncommon odds, under a July sun, most of the time without water and without food, except a hastily snatched meal at dawn, was not in condition for the toil of an eager, effective pursuit of an enemy immediately after the battle.
On the following day, an unusually heavy and unintermitting fall of rain intervened to obstruct our advance, with reasonable prospect of fruitful results.
Added to this, the want of a cavalry force of sufficient numbers made an efficient pursuit a military impossibility.
The forces actually engaged in this celebrated battle, so decisive in its results and so important in its consequences, were probably not far from 25,000 on either side;3
while the combatants actually on the battle-field, or so near it as to be practically at the disposal of the respective commanders,