repulsed in their efforts to drive the Confederates
from the crest of the hill; the issue being joined at close quarters while the musketry firing was incessant.
The Confederates had some little advantage of position, and the uneven ground, such as is characteristic of most limestone regions, gave them some advantage, but, on the other hand, facing to the west as they did, they were clearly outlined against the eastern sky, and so were plain targets for the Federals
, who were themselves advancing not only up the slope but in the shadows of the waning day; consequently the Confederates
suffered terribly from the long range rifles of the Federals
, especially the Twelfth Georgia, which became the special object of attack, but which unflinchingly held its position and drove back its assailants.
The attack all along Johnson
's line, even as extended by some of Jackson
's men, indicated that the Federal
leader was throwing all his force into this engagement.
This led Jackson
to order Taliaferro
's brigade to Johnson
's aid; when this reached him, he placed the Twenty. third and Thirty-seventh Virginia regiments near the center of his line, and advanced them to reinforce the gallant Twelfth Georgia, just in time to promptly meet the movement of the enemy on the Confederate
right and drive it back.
To still further strengthen his right, Johnson
sent portions of the Twenty-fifth and Thirty-first Virginia regiments to occupy an elevated piece of woods on his right and rear, thus securing a commanding position.
's brigade, which Jackson
had hastened toward the field of carnage, came up about this time, and that and the Tenth Virginia, from Taliaferro
's rear, were also ordered to support Johnson
's right in the woods down the slope of the spur toward the turnpike.
These arrangements thwarted all the enemy's movements, and by securing the larger tactical force on the immediate field of action made certain the result of the conflict.
The battle lasted from half past 4 until half past 8 of the afternoon.
Every movement of the enemy was promptly met and defeated, and Johnson
held firmly to his first position.
had no hesitancy in leaving the immediate field of contention in charge of the hero of Alleghany mountain, but taking no chances, he located himself on the turnpike, where it crosses the top of the mountain, to watch the right, guard the roads