enemy threatening to turn his left.
There being then no breeze, the flags, hanging heavily to their staffs, could not be distinguished, even through field-glasses.
At last, and as General Beauregard
was about to make preparations to meet this new foe, a propitious breath of air spread out the colors of one of the advancing regiments—the 13th Mississippi—at that time so similar in design to the United States
To the intense relief of all, it was now ascertained that the column was Early
's gallant command, hurrying on, with all possible speed, towards the point from which was heard the heaviest firing.
At about 3.30 P. M. the enemy, driven back on their left and centre, had formed a line of battle of gigantic proportions, crescentlike in form, from the old Carter Mansion to Chinn's House. ‘The woods and fields’—says General Beauregard
—were filled with masses of infantry and carefully preserved cavalry.
It was a truly magnificent though redoubtable spectacle, as they threw forward, in fine style, on the broad, gentle slope of the ridge occupied by their main lines, a cloud of skirmishers, preparatory to another attack.
‘But as Early
formed his line and Beckham
's pieces played upon the right of the enemy, Elzey
's brigade, Gibbon
's 10th Virginia, Lieutenant-Colonel Stuart
's 1st Maryland and Vaughn
's 3d Tennessee regiments, and Cash
's 8th and Kershaw
's 2d South Carolina, Withers
's 18th and Preston
's 28th Virginia, advanced in an irregular line, almost simultaneously, with great spirit, from their several positions upon the front and flanks of the enemy in their quarter of the field.
At the same time, too, Early
resolutely assailed their right flank and rear.
Under this combined attack the enemy was soon forced, first, over the narrow plateau in the southern angle, made by the two roads so often mentioned, into a patch of woods on its western slope, thence over Young's Branch
and the turnpike into the fields of the Dogan Farm
, and rearward, in extreme disorder, in all available directions towards Bull Run
The rout had now become general and complete.’
As soon as General Beauregard
had ascertained that final victory was ours, he ordered all the forces then on the field to follow in active pursuit upon the heels of the enemy.
With a proud and happy feeling of elation at the issue of the day, he then rode to the Lewis House
to inform General Johnston
of the glorious result, and, as had been agreed—the battle being now over—to commit