At First Manassas Barksdale
's regiment was with Early
's command, which by its flank attack assisted in completing the discomfiture of the Federals
One company of this regiment was engaged in the battle of Leesburg
(Ball's Bluff). With the rest of his command Colonel Barksdale
, at Edwards
' ferry, held in check a considerable Union force which otherwise would have gone to the help of their friends at Leesburg
At Savage Station and Malvern Hill Barksdale
commanded the Third brigade of Magruder
's division, and in August, before Second Manassas
, he was commissioned brigadier-general.
In the Maryland campaign
he was in McLaws
' division, which did some of the heaviest marching and fighting of that campaign.
At the battle of Fredericksburg Barksdale
's brigade of Mississippians was posted along the river front to prevent the crossing of the Union
troops until Lee
should be ready to let them come.
His brigade kept up such a hot fire that it defeated nine attempts of the Federals
to construct their pontoon bridges.
Then the powerful artillery of the Union
army from Stafford
poured a terrific iron hail upon the gallant Mississippians
and the town of Fredericksburg
But the defense was kept up until all the Confederate
troops had been able to take their proper positions, and then Barksdale
's men were withdrawn from their perilous post.
This heroic fight had long delayed the crossing of Sumner
's grand division and had caused Franklin
's grand division, which had crossed farther down, to return to the Federal
side of the river to await the result of Sumner
secured twenty-four hours to prepare for the assault and also had full notice of the points of attack.
During the battle of Chancellorsville Barksdale
was again fighting at Fredericksburg
, whose task was to hold Sedgwick
in check and prevent him from falling on Lee
In the second day's battle at Gettysburg
this intrepid brigade sustained an irreparable loss in the fall of its gallant leader, and the