, in person, directed the movement against the enemy's front and center, near Leetown
, up the valley and along its sides.
For this the enemy was prepared, and resisted with a storm of shot and shell from his batteries in position, and with infantry behind his breastworks.
There were vacant fields, separated by strips of timber and dense undergrowth in the valley, and fallen timber, which the Confederates
had to pass; this they did with difficulty, but with undaunted resolution under a harassing cross-fire from the enemy upon the heights.
They ran upon ambuscades of the infantry in the underbrush, which they drove back, and when opposed by a new formation, repulsed that also, until, penetrating the cul-de-sac formed by the valley, they were met by large bodies of the enemy's infantry.
The Confederates reformed their disordered lines and charged, driving back the enemy, and capturing a battery which had been playing upon them at a distance of nearly 200 yards.
It was when the enemy had concentrated his forces to meet this charge that General McCulloch
fell, shot from the brush, and Colonel Hebert
, leading an advancing party of the brigade which became disconnected, was surrounded and captured.
Four times the Confederates
repulsed the enemy's lines in this advance up the valley, driving batteries and repulsing assaults by cavalry on their flanks, with great slaughter of men and horses.
But finding the enemy strongly intrenched and increasing in numbers, beginning to enfilade their lines and threatening to surround them, being themselves unsupported by reinforcements from their own lines, and ‘not hoping to obtain any advantage by persistence in the attack, they fell back in good order, no one pursuing them,’ to a position which Colonel Greer
, who now commanded the division, ordered to be occupied until further orders.
had led a cavalry charge with five regiments across a field and, driving away the gunners,