the 29th, by the two divisions of Kearny
with their five brigades.
Like the four preceding attacks, it is a predestined failure, for it is another case of a boy sent upon a man's errand.
But, unlike the previous efforts, this gained a temporary success over the thin brigades of A. P. Hill
, which had repelled all the preceding ones, and was now poorly supplied with ammunition.
Here the thin lines were overrun by the superior numbers, in a very gallant and persistent attack.
's troops were forced back so far that Pope
believed that Jackson
's left ‘was doubled back upon his centre.’
He ordered King
's division, which McDowell
had now brought upon the field, to advance down the Pike
and fall upon Jackson
's right, where, too, he was momentarily expecting Porter
, though forced back for perhaps.
300 yards, was not broken, and was still making a desperate fight, when, to his aid, came Early
's and Lawton
The Federals were in disorder, and the fresh Confederate line had an easy victory, driving the enemy and pursuing them far across the railroad, before it could be halted and brought back.
's division, though worn by its march to Manassas
and back since 1 A. M. of the previous night, had advanced boldly down the Warrenton pike
, stimulated by Pope
's ‘flattering tale’ that Jackson
was ‘doubled back upon his centre.’
Now we must take up the story of Longstreet
's corps to explain the genesis of the sixth and last combat of the day. Like all the preceding, it, too, was made by an insufficient force.
, on his arrival, had formed his line, not in prolongation of Jackson
's, but inclining forward, making a large obtuse angle.
A few of his guns were pushed to the front, firing upon the left of Reynolds
's line, and assisting Jackson
's right in keeping Reynolds
's from coming to close quarters.
At the extreme right Jones
's division was bent back, almost at right angles, to oppose a front to Porter
's corps, and Wilcox
's three brigades were held in reserve behind Jones
Now that his army was again united, Lee
was inclined to engage at once, but Longstreet
asked to be allowed first to make a personal reconnoissance.
After making one, occupying an hour, he reported adversely on account of the easy approach open on