Albert G. Jenkins
stood their ground, also Col. F. Anderson
, whose two companies on the left had not yet come into action.
Now there was a rally by the Confederates
and they were gaining the advantage, when a cannon ball from the enemy struck one of Patton
's 6-pounder guns, disabling it and killing Lieutenant Welch
and fatally wounding a private.
The other gun withdrew, and for a time the Virginians were disordered.
But A. G. Jenkins
came to the rescue and a rally followed in which Colonel Anderson
and his men joined, with Bailey
, and reinforcements from Captain Coons
on Coal mountain
, and the enemy were driven back and forced to recross the river.
, whose report is followed in this account of the fight, reported the capture of Federal Colonels Norton
, Lieutenant-Colonel Neff
, Captains Austin
, and some o to 20 privates, and about 30 of the enemy killed.
His loss was 1 killed and 2 wounded. Colonel McCausland
with 800 men followed this up with an attack on Cox
's position on the north side of the river, and drove back the enemy to the shelter of their guns on the Pocotaligo
This fight of July 17th was a very creditable affair for the Virginians and did much to restore confidence that had flagged under the influence of continued ‘surprises’ and retreats.
It was the first victory for the Confederate States
in an open fight, Big Bethel being rather a repulse by artillery from behind breastworks.
, though he called it ‘something between a victory and a defeat,’ took it seriously to heart, and adjured the government, ‘In Heaven's name give me some general officers who understand their profession.’
‘Unless I command every picket and lead every column I cannot be sure of success,’ he added, strangely oblivious to the fact that his success thus far had been entirely due to the energy of Rosecrans
as a column leader.
, though jubilant over his victory, realized