lay like a cuttle-fish, saving his ink but watching warily.
Meanwhile he rested his men, waiting for Longstreet
This he could safely afford to do. From the memories of the ground, his ‘Stonewall
’ veterans were receiving new fire.
Never had the certainty of victory been as high in them as now, once more on the field of their ‘brevet.’
Never, too, had the trust in the invincibility of Jackson
been so deep in that larger army which was following with Lee
was marching to Thoroughfare gap, with him Colonel Walton
in command of artillery, including the Washington artillery, Squires
' First company, Richardson
's Second, Miller
's Third, and Eshleman
's Fourth, and Maurin's Donaldsonville battery, as well as S. D. Lee
's battalion, and other batteries.
not in sight and Longstreet
still outside the gap, Pope
's chance for a battle seemed good.
For swallowing up Jackson
he had more than troops enough.
With Mc-Dowell, Pope
had planted himself squarely between Jackson
and Thoroughfare gap.
was a trained soldier, and his movement was well sustained, but its effect was marred by an unlooked for blunder of his chief.
Strangely enough he seemed to have cooped up Jackson
; certainly, Jackson
seemed to be in a trap set by him, and watched over by McDowell
Getting over-anxious for his right flank, however, Pope
called off his watch dog—leaving only a small force under Ricketts
at the key point.
Swiftest of commanders, Jackson
was prompt in seeing his advantage.
he outflanked the guard.
back, he opened wide the gate to Longstreet
just outside, and Lee
near by. Pope
should have known that Longstreet
had passed through—he did not. Believing fatuously that Jackson
alone was in his front, and borrowing his adversary's favorite tactics, he endeavored, by turning his left flank, to reoccupy Gainesville
, so as to separate him from Lee
. This was a weak effort to make good a fatal blunder.