commanded by Trimble
and the left by Steuart
, and Elzey
selected the line on which the battle was to be fought.
, therefore, always claimed Cross Keys
as a Maryland battle and a Maryland triumph.
But while Fremont
's guns were thundering at Cross Keys
was plunging up the other side of the river to strike Jackson
's rear and drive him back on Fremont
He got there twelve hours too late.
's troops slept in line on the night of the 8th, but next morning before the sun was up they were over the river in Shields
' front, and made right at his throat.
, after their hand-to-hand fight on the evening of the 6th, had not had half rations during the next day, for they had to bury their dead at Cross Keys church.
On the 8th they had not a mouthful, for their wagons had been sent off. On crossing the river by sunrise of the 9th Colonel Johnson
's permission to stop and get something to eat. The fire of the Louisianians at Port Republic
, two miles off, abbreviated their breakfast and they pushed on to the fight.
They got there only in time to act as reserve to their old comrades, the Stonewall brigade, but enjoyed none of the joys of the charge, as the Louisianians had done, and none of the glory which the gallant soldiers of Dick Taylor
and their general had gathered in such abundance.
decorated the First Maryland by a general order
and honored them in his report, as follows: