command was forced to the river bluff in great disorder.
Just then two companies of the Forty-second New York landed on the Virginia
These Colonel Cogswell
ordered up the bluff and deployed as skirmishers to cover the Federal
retreat, while he advanced to the left with a small party, and was almost immediately captured.
escaped by swimming the river.
On the morning of the 22d, Colonel Barksdale
informed General Evans
that the enemy was still in force at Edwards
He was ordered to carefully reconnoiter the Federal
position, learn its strength and make attack.
This he did, at about 2 p. m., and drove a superior force, from an intrenched position to the bank of the river, killing and wounding quite a number of men. At about sundown, the Federals
, having been reinforced and holding rifle-pits, Barksdale
withdrew to Fort Evans, leaving two companies to watch his front.
The enemy recrossed the Potomac
during the night.
reported his loss, in the thirteen hours of fight, on the 21st, as 36 killed, 117 wounded and 2 missing, from a force of 1,709.
Among the killed was the brave Colonel Burt
The Federal losses were returned at 49 killed, 158 wounded, 694 missing. General Evans
claimed the capture of 710 prisoners, 1,500 stand of arms, 3 cannon and 1 flag.
called on Longstreet
for reinforcements when he reported his battle of the 21st, thinking that 20,000 Federals were in his front.
, with the Eighteenth South Carolina and cavalry and artillery, was dispatched from Centreville
, in the afternoon of the 22d, and marched toward Leesburg
, through mud and a driving rain, until midnight, when the infantry went into bivouac; but Capt. C. M. Blackford
's cavalry and four guns of the Washington artillery hurried forward all night, and came in sight of Leesburg
about daylight of the 23d.
That morning, finding his men much exhausted, General Evans
ordered three of his regiments to fall back to Carter's mill
, a strong position on Goose creek
, about 7 miles southwest from Leesburg
, and join Jenkins
, who had been halted at that place, leaving Barksdale
with his regiment, two pieces of artillery and some cavalry, as a rear guard near Leesburg
, and Hunton
, with his Eighth Virginia and two pieces of artillery, on the south bank of Sycolin creek
, 3 miles from Leesburg
, and sending his cavalry well to the front toward Alexandria
The weather was stormy and very cold.