wooden bridge across the larger of the two streams into which the south branch again forks at this place, and over the other and smaller branch by a ford, Jackson
was obliged to turn and fight in order to gain time.
Accordingly, Maj.-Gen. Ewell
, with the rear division of his army, halted1
near Union Church
, and took up a strong position along a ridge which here crosses the road, with his flanks well protected by timber.
He lad but 5,000 men directly in hand; but the residue of Jackson
's army was between him and Port Republic
, 4 or 5 miles distant, ready to be sent up as required.
pushed out of Harrisonburg
at 6 o'clock next morning,2
and before 9 his advance was engaged near a little hamlet known as Cross-Keys, some seven miles on. Ewell
's three brigades, under Trimble
, and Stewart
, ranged from right to left, with his artillery in the center.
Gen. Dick Taylor
, with a Louisiana, and Col. Patton
, with a Virginia brigade, came to his aid when wanted.
's order of battle, a mile and a half long, was formed with the 32d, 55th, 73d, 75th, and 82d Ohio.
under Brig.-Gen. Schenck
, on the right, and the 2d, 3d, and 5th Virginia, with the 25th Ohio, under Gen. Milroy
, in the center, with the 8th, 41st, and 45th New York, and 27th Pennsylvania, and what were left of the Bucktails, under Gen. Stahl
, on the left, supported by Gen. Bohlen
's brigade; while the remainder of Blenker
's division was held in reserve.
, with the 60th Ohio, 8th Virginia, and Garibaldi Guards, had held the advance through the morning, but had now fallen in between Schenck
Thus formed, our army advanced steadily and successfully, under a storm of shot and shell, losing heavily in men, but constantly gaining ground, until after 3 o'clock; when Stahl
's brigade, having passed through the wood in its front to a clover-field, which gradually ascended to another wood filled with Rebels beyond, encountered a murderous fire, by which its ranks were fearfully thinned and its progress arrested.
Two of Bohlen
's regiments were ordered up to its support; but, before they could arrive, the brigade had recoiled; understanding, it was said, that they were to give place to Bohlen
's men, instead of being sustained by them.
Up to this moment, Schenck
, on our right, had been making slow but steady progress; but he now halted by order, and finally receded for a mile, finding that Milroy
had moved toward the left, and that he must follow or be isolated.
Two hours later, the Rebels
cannonaded him in his new position, but were easily and quickly driven off by his batteries.
Our total loss in this indecisive action was 664, two-thirds of it in Stahl
's brigade; and our troops slept on the battle-field, expecting to renew the fight next morning.
's report admits a total loss on their side of 329; but among their severely wounded were Gens. Elzev
During the night, Ewell
silently moved off, carrying away all but his mortally wounded.
had turned aside from his direct line of retreat, because he found that, with an army nearly or