Before his rear guard had arrived, however, a renewed attack in overwhelming force on Tyler
had carried his position, captured his battery, and compelled him to retreat in more or less disorder.
The pursuit continued for eight miles; 450 prisoners and six guns were captured, and 275 wounded paroled in the hospitals near the field.
I have seen no official statement of the Federal
loss, but the above was, of course, the greater part of it. Jackson
's total loss was 876.1
had advanced cautiously against Trimble
in the afternoon, and had followed, as the latter withdrew and burnt the bridge.
By this last act Fremont
was compelled to remain an inactive spectator of the defeat of Tyler
thus describes the scene when he reached the river: “The battle which had taken place upon the further bank of the river was wholly at an end. A single brigade” (in fact two) “sent forward by General Shields
had been simply cut to pieces.
* * had * * failed to burn the bridge.
, hastening, across had fallen upon the inferior force, and the result was before us. Of the bridge nothing remained but the charred and smoking timbers.
Beyond, at the edge of the woods, a body of the enemy's troops was in position, and a baggage train was disappearing in a pass among the hills.
Parties-gathering the dead and wounded, together with a line of prisoners awaiting the movement of the Rebel
force near by, was all in respect to troops of either side now to be seen.”
Thus the day ended with the complete defeat of the two brigades under Tyler
Gallant and determined had been their resistance, and Jackson
's impetuosity had made his victory more difficult than it otherwise would have been.
In sending in Winder
's brigade before its supports arrived, he had hurled this body of troops against more than twice their number.
next attacked, but the repulse of Winder
enabled the Federal
commander to concentrate his forces against Taylor
, and drive him from the battery he had taken.
It was then that Jackson
renewed the attack with the combined forces of three brigades, and speedily forced the enemy from the field.
The Confederate trains had been moved in the course of the day across South
river towards Brown's Gap, and during the afternoon and night the Confederates
returned from the battlefield and pursuit, to camp at the foot of this mountain pass.
It was midnight before some of them lay down in the rain to rest.