was summed up in this wise: Killed, 378; wounded, 1489; missing, 30; aggregate, 1897.
The enemy's loss was not officially acknowledged at the time.
The feeling which had led the Northern
press to conceal the real strength of General McDowell
's army seems also to have impelled the enemy to withhold a true statement of his casualties.
In his report, so often quoted from—the whole of which appears in the appendix to this chapter—General Beauregard
says: ‘The actual loss of the enemy will never be known—it may now only be conjectured.
Their abandoned dead, as they were buried by our people where they fell, unfortunately were not enumerated, but many parts of the field were thick with their corpses as but few battle-fields have ever been.
The official reports of the enemy are studiously silent on this point, but still afford us data for an approximate estimate.
Left almost in the dark in respect to the losses of Hunter
's and Heintzelman
's divisions— first, longest, and most hotly engaged—we are informed that Sherman
's brigade, Tyler
's division, suffered, in killed, wounded, and missing, 609—that is, about eighteen per cent. of the brigade.
A regiment of Franklin
's brigade—Gorman's—lost twentyone per cent.
's (battery) loss was thirty per cent., and that of Keyes
's brigade, which was so handled by its commander as to be exposed to only occasional volleys from our troops, was at least ten per cent. To these facts add the repeated references in the reports of the reticent commanders to the ‘murderous’ fire to which they were habitually exposed, the “pistol-range” volleys and galling musketry, of which they speak as scourging their ranks, and we are warranted in placing the entire loss of the Federals
at over forty-five hundred
in killed, wounded, and prisoners.
To this may be legitimately added, as a casualty of the battle, the thousands of fugitives from the field, who never rejoined their regiments, and who were as much lost to the enemy's service as if slain or disabled by wounds.
These may not be included under the head of “missing,” because in every instance of such report we took as many prisoners of those brigades or regiments as are reported “missing.”
’ In his report, General Johnston
, confirming General Beauregard
's estimate, says: ‘The loss of the enemy could not be ascertained.
It must have been between four and five thousand.’
It is not our purpose to dwell at any length on that part of a