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[259] timely reinforcement checked the rush of the Federals. Taken between the cross-fires of the Confederate infantry and artillery, they saw their two generals, who had encouraged them by their example, stricken down. Augur and Geary were severely wounded, the two brigades half destroyed, and their debris fell back upon the position they had so imprudently left. In this desperate struggle one of the Federal regiments, the Fifth Ohio, out of an effective force of two hundred and seventy-five men, lost no less than one hundred and fifteen in killed and wounded.

The battle, however, was not confined to these two brigades. At the moment they attacked Early, the right wing, under Williams, had made a similar movement against Winder's division, and in an instant the fire of musketry burst forth along the whole line. Williams at once launched Crawford's brigade across the clearing which separated it from the Confederate brigade of Taliaferro. It was half-past 5 o'clock. Crawford, charging the left of Taliaferro with great vigor, threw it into complete disorder.. The centre of Winder's division was thus pierced, and Taliaferro's soldiers, flying along the Culpepper road, uncovered Early's flank in their turn. Confusion spread among a portion of this brigade, and its left, being attacked in the rear, fell back rapidly. Augur's brigade, which, despite its losses, had not abandoned the contest, was soon without an enemy in its front. But Jackson hastened to the rescue; and passing through fugitives who no longer listened to the voice of their officers, he led in person into the fire the Stonewall brigade, then commanded by General Ronald. Jackson was one of those strong-minded men who conceal a fiery soul under a passive exterior. Transformed by the danger which menaced his army, his eye flashed, his orders were issued in a voice which rose above the din of battle, his gestures inspired the most disheartened, and his enthusiasm was soon communicated to those around him. At the cry of ‘Stonewall Jackson!’ his soldiers attacked Crawford, whose troops were exhausted by the very effort which had given them victory; receiving no assistance, and being at once attacked in front by Ronald, and in flank by Campbell, who had remained on their right, they succumbed to superior numbers, and were repulsed. Gordon arrived too late to be of any assistance. In fact, the whole of Hill's corps had

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