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[302] Sumner, Siegel and Porter covered the Warrenton road. Last of all, Banks escorted the convoy, which was directed upon Alexandria.

Jackson, on his side, had resumed his march toward Fairfax; but his soldiers, fatigued and hungry, were no longer able to make long marches. Consequently, he did not meet the Federal right, posted on the Little River road, halfway between Chantilly and Germantown, till evening. This road crosses a ravine at a right angle, bounded on the east by Ox Hill, which extends to a considerable distance north and south from the point where the road passes. This hill, covered by the ravine, afforded an excellent position, which had been occupied by Hooker's, Stevens' and Reno's divisions; the two latter were under Reno, who had succeeded Burnside in command of the ninth army corps. It was here that Jackson found them about five o'clock in the evening. After a useless cannonade against Hooker, who lay across the road, he deployed his three divisions to the right of this road, Starke, then Lawton, and finally D. H. Hill, at the extremity of his line. Hill at once went into the fight amid torrents of rain, throwing the brigades of Branch and Field upon the Federal left; but Reno received them without flinching, and drove them back in disorder. The other brigades of the same division, under Gregg, Pender and Thomas, with a portion of Lawton's troops, came to their assistance. Under this new effort Stevens' small division finally gave way, its commander having been killed and its officers decimated. It retired in disorder, and that of Reno was obliged to follow the movement. Hooker was at too great a distance to afford them any support. Kearny, who, as we have stated, was following Reno, fortunately arrived at this moment with his division. Perceiving the danger, he quickened the pace of his soldiers, and placed Birney's brigade in the breach which Stevens' defeat had opened between Reno and Hooker. He advanced more to the right, alone, in search of a position whence his troops could effect a junction with the latter; but carried away by his zeal and deceived by the twilight, he found himself surrounded by the enemy's troops, and fell mortally wounded. Thus ended that noble and brilliant career, which had commenced fifteen years before with the intrepid charge of

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