they found a steady line of infantry.
Early's men, too, had suffered the demoralization which often follows victory.
Their success had been so absolute, and happening after so many defeats, was so intoxicating, that the troops became uncontrollable.
The destitute soldiers stopped in the captured camps for plunder, even the officers participating, and Early
did not deem it prudent to attempt a further advance.
He determined to hold the ground he had gained, and endeavor to secure the captured guns and other property.
had different views.
The strength of the Sixth and Nineteenth corps was still rapidly augmenting, as the men returned who had gone to the rear early in the day. Even those who had reached Newtown
, ten miles away, came back to fight, and such is the strange inconsistency of human nature, many of those who fled panting and panicstricken in the morning had covered themselves with the glory of heroes long before night.
At about three P. M., the national army advanced; a left half wheel of the whole line was made, a division of cavalry turning each flank of the enemy, Custer
on the right.
The attack was brilliantly made, but the enemy was protected by rail breastworks, and at some points by stone fences, and the resistance was determined.
The rebel line of battle also overlapped the right of Sheridan
's, and for a time threatened disaster; but a turning movement of Early
was checked by a counter-charge, led by Sheridan
himself, upon the re-entering angle formed by the enemy, and the flanking party was cut off. Gordon
's division, on Early
's left, first broke, then Kershaw
, and finally Ramseur
An attempt was