to any other theory.
About noon a swarm of skirmishers advanced along the whole Federal front, and were followed by the Federal
line of battle, arrayed generally, three lines deep in front.
The Confederate artillery wasted but little fire on the skirmishers.
When, however, the triple lines of battle revealed themselves, there happened something for which Pope
was not prepared.
Not only did every Confederate gun open a rapid fire, but above their roar could be heard the infantry bugles of Jackson
's corps, and from the woods a wave of bayonets swept down to the unfinished railroad, and now Jackson
were united, and Pope
, with a force only 30 per cent superior, was committed to the attack.
Possibly the Confederates
may have flattered themselves that their victories in the six assaults made on the previous day would have diminished the ardor of the coming attack, but if so, they were to be disappointed.
The value of discipline and training was again illustrated, and the battle which followed was scarcely surpassed for desperation upon either side in the war. The whole weight of the assault fell upon Jackson
His men defended themselves with courage and the confidence inspired by their recent successes.
When, at one point of the line, the ammunition ran low, men laid down muskets, and standing on the railroad embankment, made formidable missiles of an abundant outcrop of large pebbles.
At length Pope
's superior force produced such a pressure that Jackson
called for assistance, and Lee
to send a division of infantry.
had discovered that the left flank of the attack upon Jackson
had now advanced into the reentrant angle between his front and Jackson
's, so far that its lines of battle now presented their flanks and could be enfiladed.
He believed that he could most quickly relieve Jackson
by a severe enfilade fire of artillery.
Several batteries of artillery were rushed into a suitable position and opened upon the enemy's flank at easy range a raking fire which nothing could withstand.
Within 15 minutes the aspect of the field was changed.
had first seen Jackson
's corps disclose itself and re-occupy its defensive line along the unfinished railroad, he had very injudiciously withdrawn Reynolds
's division from his