Returning quickly to my position, for the heavy firing still continued, I had barely done so, when Colonel Murray
cried out: “Look, Colonel
, those fellows are moving.”
Again stopping them I again returned to the bluff, when Colonel Murray
for the third time exclaimed.
, those fellows are off again.”
Much exasperated, I put spurs to my horse, soon overtook them, and galloping around their left flank, drew up in their front, and again brought them to a halt on the road leading from the Lewis house
's or Lewis' ford, I am uncertain which.
As I did so, I heard some in the ranks cry out, “who the h-ll is that?”
To which I replied in a loud voice, “I am Colonel Smith
of the Forty-ninth Virginia Volunteers.”
To which Colonel Fisher
promptly replied, “and I am Colonel Fisher
of the Sixth North Carolina, all I ask is to be put in position,” and Colonel Falkner
then said, “and I am Colonel Falkner
of the Second Mississippi,” but from the distance he was from me, I heard him imperfectly, yet understood him to say that he was ready to obey orders.
Then, I said, “dress your men on the line of this road, bring them to a rest, and wait for orders.”
These regiments and the gun I had had moved to the bluff, were, it is highly probable the foundation of General Schenck
's estimate of our force.
He had them in full view from the position he occupied in the pines.
Returning rapidly to my position, I there found a general order
, that every man not in the face of the enemy should report to General Beauregard
near the Robinson house
Promptly putting my little command in motion, I soon crossed a small ravine draining into Bull Run
Ascending the opposite hill, Lieutenant-Colonel Tibbs
of Colonel Hunton
's Eighth Virginia Regiment hallooed to me: “I am posted here (near the head of the ravine) with three companies, for God's sake let Colonel Hunton
, who is at the Lewis house
with the balance of the regiment know your orders.”
The hill on which the Lewis house
stood is of very considerable size and the northern slope of it drains into the ravine.
The whole of this slope, up to the new grounds, near and north of the Lewis house
, was then covered with an oaken growth of original forest; but it is now, I find upon a recent examination (1882), under a fine crop of corn, the house having been burnt by the enemy in the spring of 1862, when he first took possession of it. Ordering Lieutenant-Colonel Murray
to take charge of my command, and to move on without delay, saying I would soon rejoin him, I put spurs to my horse, dashed through the woods and nearing Colonel Hunton
's command, hallooed to him that General Beauregard
's order was, “that every man not in the face of the enemy should move into action.”
To which he promptly