morning of the 28th on, he could have barred the gap to Longstreet
On the 29th the attempt to regain the town was too late.
had already passed through and joined forces with Jackson
Heavy fighting began on August 28th and continued on the 29th and 30th.
The fronts of battle changed from day to day. The Second Louisiana brigade under General Starke
was engaged on the 28th at Groveton
, in a conflict both fierce and sanguinary, holding its line of battle at the crest of a hill.
, division commander, was wounded, and Starke
filled his place, Colonel Stafford
resuming brigade command.
Next day Stafford
was not in action until afternoon, when he made a charge, clearing his front.
' brigade, with Early
at the deep cut of the unfinished Manassas Gap railroad, had not been seriously engaged in the fight of the 28th, in which General Ewell
On the 29th they were with Early
's brigade on the extreme right of the division, and at 3:30 Colonel Forno
was ordered by General Jackson
to advance the brigade to the support of one of A. P. Hill
Gallantly the Louisianians went to the front, drove the enemy from the railroad, and took position.
A few hours later Colonel Forno
was seriously wounded by a Federal sharpshooter, and Colonel Strong
's advance, Early
's brigade also went to help A. P. Hill
, accompanied by the Eighth Louisiana under Major Lewis
, and this regiment, temporarily separated from its brigade, shared in the gallant ousting of the enemy from the railroad cut.
On the morning of the 30th Stafford
's brigade was ordered up to this dangerous line, to be held at all hazards.
At an early hour the enemy's activity began.
Massed heavily, the Federals
formed six lines of battle.
, to meet the expected attack, placed the brigade in the deep cut. Our artillery quickly opened fire on the enemy.
Ominously silent remained the brigade.