's two field guns.
These met the assault from their intrenchments along the road leading to Green Bank
, and drove it back in confusion and with loss.
Two Federal guns opened spitefully upon Rust
after this, but met with a vigorous response from Anderson
While keeping up this artillery fire upon the Confederate
left and center, Reynolds
organized an assault, with the larger portion of his command, upon the Confederate
right, which was held by Col. Edward Johnson
with his First Georgia, Col. J. N. Ramsey
's Twelfth Georgia, and Capt. F. F. Sterrett
's Churchville, Va., cavalry.
Watching this movement as it defiled along the edge of the woods on the steep hill bordering the west bank of the river, in his front, Jackson
to advance the Twelfth Georgia regiment to the immediate bank of the South Fork
, to reinforce its line of skirmishers which was engaged in a desultory fire which harassed the Federal
column as it advanced; these having the advantage of position opened a galling fire on the enemy.
At the same time Shumaker
opened two of his guns on the woods, through which the Federal
column was advancing, with such effect, as General Jackson
reports, ‘that in a short time the unmistakable evidence of their rout became apparent.
Distinctly could their officers be heard, with words of mingled command, remonstrance and entreaty, attempting to rally their battalions into line and to bring them to the charge; but they could not be induced to reform their broken ranks, nor to emerge from the cover of the woods in the direction of our fire.
Rapidly and in disorder they returned into the turnpike, and soon thereafter the entire force of the enemy—artillery, infantry and cavalry—retreated in confusion along the road and adjacent fields, leaving behind them, at different points, numbers of their killed, guns, knapsacks, canteens, etc. Among other trophies taken was a stand of United States
This engagement lasted from 7 in the morning to 2:30 in the afternoon.
The Confederate loss was 6 killed, 33 wounded and 13 missing; an aggregate of 52.
The Federal loss was 8 killed and 36 wounded; an aggregate of 43. Colonel Baldwin
with the Fifty-second, who had been ordered from the rear, came up with his command just at the close of the engagement.
says in his report: ‘We disabled ’