At the appointed hour, everything was in motion—Wharton going with Early
, at 1 o'clock, towards Strausburg
starting before day, to attack at 5 A. M.; while Gordon
has gone to get in position at nightfall.
having discovered from the signal station an entrenchment across the road over which Gordon
was to advance, Early
might have greater difficulty than had been anticipated, and adopted Pegram
's suggestion to move toward the enemy's left to attack simultaneously with Gordon
The artillery concentrated at Fisher's Hill
, at 5 A. M., was to move at a gallop to Hupp's Hill
, being thus held back that the rumbling of wheels might not be heard on the macademzied road, and canteens and swords were left in camp, that no sound might startle the enemy.
At 3:30 o'clock in the morning Early
, with Kershaw
's Division, came in sight of the enemy's fires, and, as the moon was shining, their sleeping camps were in plain view.
At 4:30 o'clock, the word forward was given, and Kershaw
crossed the creek at Bowman's Hill, and at exactly 5 o'clock, swept over the enemy's works, taking seven guns, which were at once turned upon them.
was now heard opening on the left, and as Early
, with Wharton
's troops, came hurrying to Hupp's Hill
, according to appointment, the musketry of Gordon
broke out in the enemy's rear; and presently Early
met in the enemy's camp, for success so far had crowned every effort.
's troops followed by Gordon
's infantry, had swept through the camp, driving and capturing the panic-stricken enemy, for they and Kershaw
had been alike victorious.
The Nineteenth and Crook
's Corps, upon which they had fallen, were in complete rout and flying the field, abandoning their equipments, with many small arms, and over forty pieces of artillery.
As the sun rose, Early
, contemplating the wreck, exclaimed: ‘There is the sun of Middletown
The Sixth Corps, perhaps the steadiest body in the Federal
army, however, had gotten under arms, and could be seen like a long, black serpent, moving slowly to the rear.
, attacking one of its divisions, was checked; Wharton
's Division was also thrown into some confusion, but Colonel Carter
, chief of artillery
, concentrated upon it twenty guns, and soon it was in full retreat, Ramseur
advancing to the position from which it was driven.
Some sixteen hundred prisoners had now been taken, and Early
was anxious to press forward.