such a bold and defiant attitude that Pope
hesitated to attack with his entire force, believing he had before him all of Jackson
They recrossed without molestation on the 24th, and Stuart
having made his celebrated capture of General Pope
's headquarters at Catlett's Station, Jackson
moved forward between the Federal
army and Washington
On the night of the 26th, Jackson
states in his official report, ‘learning that the enemy had collected at Manassas Junction
, a station about seven miles distant, stores of great value, I deemed it important that no time should be lost in securing them.
Notwithstanding the darkness of the night, and the fatiguing march, which would, since dawn, be over thirty miles before reaching the junction, Brigadier-General Trimble
volunteered to proceed there forthwith with the Twenty-first North Carolina, Lieut.-Col. S. Fulton
commanding, and the Twenty-first Georgia, Maj. T. C. Glover
commanding, in all about 500 men, and capture the place.
I accepted the gallant offer, and gave him orders to move without delay.’
Gen. J. E. B. Stuart
was subsequently directed to participate.
The command set out about 9 o'clock p. m., and as it approached the junction at midnight, came under fire from two batteries of the enemy.
The two regiments took position on opposite sides of the railroad and charged toward the flashes of the guns.
‘Sending an officer to the north side of the railroad,’ said Trimble
, ‘to ascertain the success of the Georgia
regiment, he could not immediately find them, and cried out, “Halloo!
, where are you?”
The reply was, “Here!
We have taken a battery.”
“ So have we,” was the response, and cheers rent the air.’
This was one of the most daring and famous exploits of the war. Three hundred prisoners were captured, and a vast amount of stores and munitions of war.
In the battle of July 28th, beginning the three days struggle called Second Manassas
, the brigades of Lawton
, constituting the left of the Confederate