, with good judgment, hurried them to the left and extended the Confederate
At length, as his infantry could not make a lodgment, Mc-Dowell determined to try it with a dozen guns, manned by Griffin
's and Ricketts
's splendid companies of regulars.
A gentle swale in the face of the ascending slope left the Henry house
on a sort of knoll between the swale and the SudleyMa-nassas road.
's and Ricketts
's batteries were ordered to advance to the Henry house
, and two or three regiments were directed forward to their support.
This was about 3 P. M.
The Henry house
was a two-story frame, of about two rooms on each floor, in open grass land, with a small flower garden and a few locust trees by it. Heretofore it had not been in the line of fire, but there had been enough near to drive off all occupants except Mrs. Henry
herself, who, old and bedridden, had to be left.
The house now became suddenly the focus of a heavy fire.
was killed in her bed, struck by a cannon shot and several musket balls.
The enemy was within canister range of our lines, and the battle waxed hot. A regiment of Zouaves, following in support of the Federal
batteries, were charged by a company of cavalry under Col. Stuart
The Zouaves took cover in a body of woods, and the cavalry lost 9 men and 18 horses in a very few minutes.
Other Federal regiments sent in support entered the woods, to the right and rear of the batteries, and found them being occupied from the other direction by the Confederate
reenforcements which Johnston
was now directing to our left flank.
had fired but a short while when the 33d Va., under Col. A. C. Cummings
's left, leaving the shelter of the ridge and thickets, and, partly obscured from view by a fence, marched boldly out toward them.
moved of his own accord and without orders, tempted by the enemy's near approach.
The day had been very dusty, and all uniforms, blue and gray, were now of the same dusty color.
All over the field, and on both sides, cases of confusion had occurred, but the most important .of all took place now. Griffin
saw the regiment coming, and prepared to give them a blizzard of canister.