formtion was completed, he fell, severely wounded, directing, while falling from his horse, Colonel Elzey
to take command of the brigade.
That officer, who understood and appreciated the manoeuvre, executed it well.
promptly seized the opportunity thus afforded, and threw forward his whole line.
The enemy was driven from the long-contested hill, but rallied in the valley, upon a very strong reserve; and the united force, much stronger than any previously engaged at one time, was formed for another attack.
In the mean time Colonel Early
came upon the field with his brigade, by the route on which we had first seen Fisher
's and Kirby Smith
He was instructed by me to move around our left, to form facing the Federal
right flank, and fall upon it. On the way he was reenforced by five companies of cavalry, commanded by Colonel Stuart
, and a battery under Lieutenant Beckham
He reached the position intended just when the Federal
army, reformed, was apparently about to resume the offensive, and assailed its exposed flank.
The attack was conducted with too much skill and courage to be for a moment doubtful.
The Federal right was at once thrown into confusion.
A general advance of the Confederate
line, directed by General Beauregard
, completed our success, and terminated the battle.
The right of the Federal
army fled in wild confusion from the field toward Sudley Ford, while the centre and left marched off hastily by the turnpike toward Centreville
It was then twenty minutes before five o'clock. Instructions were immediately sent to General Bon