which were concealed from Johnson
, and at the same time hurry forward reinforcements, having promptly ordered his whole army forward to meet any emergency.
Late in the day General Johnson
was wounded in the arm and had to retire from the field, leaving Taliaferro
in immediate command.
Learning from Johnson
, as he was taken, badly wounded, to the rear, the condition of things on the field of battle, he quickly ordered Taliaferro
, now left in command, through a staff officer, to hold his position at all hazards, and he would soon be there with the Stonewall brigade to help him, if necessary.
But the conflict was then over, and Milroy
had become satisfied that he was no match for his antagonist, so in the coming darkness he withdrew to McDowell
hastened to retreat toward Franklin
, where he expected to meet Fremont
, with the main body of his command, coming up the South Branch valley
The Federal artillery placed on the terrace to the south of McDowell
was quite active, but uselessly so, prior to the advance of its infantry, because of the elevation of the position held by the Confederates
A single gun on Hull's hill
, a spur of the mountain opposite the Federal
left, did a little damage but not much.
The Confederates that did the fighting were five Virginia
regiments and one Georgia
's brigade, and three Virginia
regiments of Taliaferro
's brigade, about 4,500 men. They were supported by the three Virginia
regiments and the Irish battalion of Campbell
's brigade, but which did not become engaged; making the Confederate
force on the immediate battlefield about 6,000 men. Of these, 71 were killed and 390 wounded. Milroy
's force that took part in the battle was, parts of four Ohio
and two West Virginia regiments, and parts of two Ohio batteries, in all about 2,500 men, who, considering the disparity of forces, made a most determined and brave fight.
reported the losses as 28, killed, 225 wounded and 3 missing.
prepared himself to renew the conflict on the morrow unless the Federals
did it, arranging to have his artillery in position on Sitlington's hill by daylight and his whole army closed up and ready for action, issuing strict orders to those in advance to be on the alert to detect any movement of the enemy.
, satisfied that Jackson
, from his position, could very soon make