We were told that not more than 100 escaped, and it was probably the greatest mortality which occurred during the war. The Zouaves wore red blouse pants and bright blue jackets.
They also wore bucktails in their hats.
Several men of the 18th Mississippi left the scene with bucktails in their hats, the writer among the number.
, in the meantime, had crossed the Potomac
and marched into Maryland
, and McLaws
hurried to join him. Reaching Leesburg
, where the Mississippians had spent the winter of ‘61-62, almost the entire population turned out to greet them.
Old men and ladies, married and single, children and negroes, gathered along the sidewalks and in the streets, and with words of welcome recalled the happy associations of the time spent among them.
It was a scene never to be forgetten, and from which it was difficult to stir the men. All order and formation were discarded, and officers and men mingled among the throng with mutual expressions of pleasure.
The Barksdale Brigade, with the 8th Virginia, fought the battle of Leesburg
the year previous and defeated the enemy, which endeared them to the hospitable Virginians
We crossed the Potomac
near the Point of Rocks
and marched to Frederick City.
The Federal army was drawn back within the lines of fortifications at Washington
, leaving in General Lee
's hands 9,000 prisoners, 1,000 dead and wounded, forty pieces of artillery and 30,000 stands of small arms as the result of Second Manassas
It was stated that fully 50,000 stragglers reached Washington
ahead of the army.
All the bright anticipations which Pope
had caused by his effusive bombast, were cast to the earth.
When General Lee
put his army in motion after the seven days battle before Richmond
, there was no purpose of crossing into the enemy's country on a campaign of invasion.
His object was to call away from the peninsula the Army of the Potomac.
His rapid march to meet Pope
, who moved south from Washington
, with what was called ‘The Army of Virginia,’ had the effect which he hoped for. The Federal government, bewildered by General Lee
's manoeuvers, halted between conflicting opinions for some days.
But when Jackson
at Cedar mountain
, on August 9th, the liveliest apprehensions were created in Washington
, and General Halleck
to hasten with all possible speed with his army to the capital.
Thus relieved from further care for the