, give me a glass—give me a glass, quick.’
Just at that instant the breeze blew out the flag on the hill.
It was the stars and stripes.
, and the whole line delivered its volley.
had six companies of Mississippi rifles and three companies of bayonets.
But over the fence the whole line went with a yell—up the hill—through the Yankee
line, or rather where it had been.
It had gone, dissolved into mist.
pressed right on. He was behind McDowell
's right and he never stopped to draw breath.
The whole Union line crumpled up, and First Manassas
was won. As the Maryland
colonel rode proudly down on the right of his line, Beauregard
dashed up, filled with enthusiasm— ‘Hail!
of the day!’
and in a moment President Davis
came up with General Johnston
. ‘General Elzey
, I congratulate you,’ said the man who made generals.
was promoted brigadier-general, Steuart
lieutenant-colonel, and E. R. Dorsey
Company C, major—all to date from July 21st, the day of the great victory.
The First Maryland was pushed on in pursuit of the rout over the Stone bridge
and along the turnpike until dark, and then hastily recalled to Blackburn's ford to meet an apprehended attack.
Next, moving at daylight, it went out with the First Virginia cavalry under Col. J. E. B. Stuart
to Fairfax Court House, when, for the first time, the extent of the disaster to the Union
army was understood and appreciated.
During the night of the 21st no one had any idea of the ruin and rout that overwhelmed the enemy.
On the march of the 22nd, J. E. B. Stuart
, an, Indian fighter, could not believe his eyes, nor the reports his scouts brought him. The roads, the woods, the fields were filled with inconceivable debris—overturned carriages, ambulances, artillery limbers, lunch baskets, champagne, even gold pieces
were found, and Stuart
suspected it was a ruse to lure him into an