to disengage him, and, crossing the valley under the fire of the Federal artillery, formed on the right, and in advance of his line.
Although, even after this accession, the Confederate
force was less than that of a Federal brigade, Bee
maintained the fight for some time with such appearance of equality as to inspire in him the hope, apparently, of holding his ground until effective aid could reach him. At length, however, finding himself engaged with fivefold numbers in Burnside
's, and Keyes
's brigades, and in danger of being enveloped by the coming into action of Heintzelman
's division, he fell back to the position he had first chosen; crossing the broad, open valley, closely pressed by the Federal
, hastening up with his legion, had reached the valley when the retrograde movement began.
He promptly formed his battalion and joined in the action, and, by his courage and admirable soldiership, seconded by the excellent conduct of the gentlemen he had assembled in his legion, contributed greatly to the maintenance of order in the retreat.
, fell while gallantly aiding him. Imboden
rendered excellent service with his battery in this difficult operation.
On the ground where he intended to reform, Bee
at the head of his brigade, and they began, the one to reform, and the other to deploy, simultaneously; Jackson
on the left.
In the mean time, I had waited with General Beauregard
, on an eminence near the centre, where my headquarters had been fixed at eight o'clock, the