advanced, at 5 P. M., across open fields and up gentle acclivities, thoroughly swept by the Rebel
cannon and musketry.
Had victory been possible, they would have won it. Early
's brigade of Ewell
's division held the road, and was so desperately charged in front and on its right flank, that it held its ground only by the opportune arrival of Thomas
's brigade of Hill
's division; while the left of Jackson
's division, under Taliaferro
, was so assailed in flank and rear that one brigade was routed and the whole flank gave way, as did also Early
's. But the odds were too heavy; and, though our men proved themselves heroes, they could not defeat three times their number, holding the foot of a mountain and covered by woods.
The best blood of the Union
was poured out like water, but in vain.
, who, with five Ohio
regiments and the 28th Pennsylvania, made the most desperate charge of the day, was himself wounded, with most of his officers.
's brigade came out of the fight a mere skeleton.
The 109th Pennsylvania, 102d New York, and several other regiments, left half their number dead or wounded on that fatal field.
were severely wounded; as were Cols. Donnelly
, 46th Pa., Creighton
, 7th Ohio, and Majors Savage
, 2d Mass., Armstrong
, 5th Ohio, and Pelouze
was taken prisoner after dark, by accident, while passing from one part of his command to another.
Our loss in killed and wounded could hardly have been less than 2,000 men. We were not so much beaten as fairly crowded off the field; where Jackson
claims to have taken 400 prisoners, 1 gun, and 5,302 small arms, with a loss on his part of 223 killed, including Gen. C. S. Winder
, 2 Lt.-Colonels
, and a Major; with 1,060 wounded: among them Cols. Williams
, 3 Majors
, and 31 missing; total, 1,314.
had remained throughout the day at Culpepper
, neither desiring nor expecting a serious engagement, and assured from time to time that only skirmishing was going on at the front; until the continuous roar of cannon assured him, soon after 5 o'clock, that the matter was grave.
Ordering forward Ricketts
's division, he arrived with it on the field just before dark, and directed Banks
to draw in his right wing upon his center, so as to give room for Ricketts
to come into the fight; but the Rebels
, though victorious, advanced with great caution, and, finding themselves confronted by fresh batteries, recoiled, after a sharp artillery duel, and took shelter in the woods.
's guns continued vocal until midnight; but of course to little purpose.
's corps began to arrive, and was sent to the front abreast of Ricketts
's corps being withdrawn two miles to the rear to rest and reorganize.
But there was no more fighting.
clung to his mountain and his woods till the night of the 11th; when, aware that King
's division had just come up from Fredericksburg
, and that Pope
was about to strike at his communications, and thus compel him to fight on equal terms, he, leaving a part of his dead unburied, retreated rapidly across the Rapidan
Our cavalry pursued him to that