, just arrived, was ordered to Bonham
had four howitzers under Lieutenant Rosser
at Union Mills ford; three rifles under Lieut. C. W. Squires
, with Early
, later reinforced by four guns under Lieutenants Whittington
; and two guns under Captain Miller
at McLean's ford.
, about 10 a. m., established his headquarters at a central point below McLean's and Blackburn's fords, and ordered up reinforcements.
The enemy on the north bank of Bull run
seemed to coquet with Confederates on the south bank.
' battery, ‘the pride of the Federals
,’ because handled with peculiar skill, was occupying a hill over one and a half miles from Bull run
The shriek of its shells was a direct challenge to the Washington artillery who heard it. It was accepted on the spot with 6-pounders, smooth.
It needed only six solid shots to silence Ricketts
and drive back its support.
A new attack was opened by the enemy about 11:30 a. m., supported by the artillery and cavalry.
The ford was not left to itself.
Keen eyes watched it, scanning every foot in front and every yard up and down the stream.
Two of Walton
's 6-pounders under Lieutenant Garnett
were stationed to command the passage—with conditional orders to retire to the rear as soon as the ford itself should be commanded by the foe. The northern bank, in front of Longstreet
, rose with a steep slope at least 50 feet above the water level.
A hazardous difference!
This ridge, rising from a narrow berme, formed for the enemy what General Beauregard
styled ‘an admirable natural parapet.’
Behind this parapet the enemy approached under shelter, in strength, within less than one hundred yards of Longstreet
The southern bank was fairly level, forming almost a plain.
This plain gradually rose at a distance from the stream.
Of a sudden, the artillery on both sides awoke.
It was a question between the hill and the plain.
The Federals pointed their guns down upon the Confederates
, from a