was shot under him.’
's and Keyes
' Federal brigades, having found a passage of Bull Run
above the Stone bridge
, threatened the rear of these gallant and stubborn fighters, and General Bee
was compelled to order them back.
But valuable time had been gained, during which Jackson
had brought his brigade up to an advantageous position, and the disorganized troops had been rallied on the new line formed by Beauregard
now joined in the impetuous charges which swept the enemy before them in the struggle for possession of the hills, also in the final assault under which the Federal
army broke and fled in disorder and panic.
‘The victory,’ said the general commanding on the field won by Confederate gallantry, ‘was fraught with the loss to the service of the country of lives of inestimable preciousness at this juncture.
In the open field near the Henry house
, and a few yards distant from where Bee
fell, the promising life of Bartow
, while leading the Seventh Georgia regiment, was quenched in blood.’
His death caused great sorrow in the State
, but no soldier could have died more gloriously.
His name was coupled with that of Bee
, and was heard in every home of the South
, as well as at every camp-fire.
His dying utterance, as he fell, caught in the arms of the gallant Colonel Gartrell
—‘They have killed me, but never give up the fight’—was a bugle call to valorous deeds that found an echo in the hearts of the thousands of Southern patriots ready to do or die in the cause of their native land.
Nor did less honor belong to the gallant Gardner
, who, desperately wounded, lingered for months between life and death.
Neither should the just meed of praise be withheld from the many heroes of Manassas
, both living and dead, of whom not a name has been recorded on the scroll of fame.
Gen. George B. McClellan
, now high in the esteem of the North
on account of his successes in western Virginia