, in his statement in regard to the troops in my front, induced me to believe that this must also be one of our regiments.
had also advanced on my left with his two companies of cavalry and Beckham
's battery of four guns, and passed around Chinn's house, the battery had been brought into action and opened a flank fire on the regiment I was observing.
Thinking it certainly was one of ours, I started a messenger to Colonel Stuart
, to give him the information and request him to stop the firing, but a second shell or ball from Beckham
's guns caused the regiment to face about and retire rapidly, when I saw the United States
flag unfurled and discovered the mistake into which I had been led by Lieutenant McDonald
I immediately ordered my command forward and it advanced to the crest of the hill.
All this occurred in less; time than it has taken me to describe it. On reaching the crest we came in view of the Warrenton Pike
and the plains beyond, and now saw the enemy's troops in full retreat across and beyond the pike.
's and Hays
' regiments had advanced, Barksdale
's, under a misapprehension of my orders, had not at first moved, but it soon followed, and the whole command was formed in line, along the crest of the ridge, on the right of Chinn's house.
We were now on the extreme left of the whole of our infantry, and in advance of the main line.
The only troops on our left of any description were the two companies of cavalry and Beckham
's battery with Stuart
On my immediate right and a little to the rear was Elzey
's brigade, and farther to the right I saw our line extending towards Bull Run
, but I discovered no indications of a forward movement.
My troops were now very much exhausted, especially Hays
' regiment, which had been marching nearly all the morning before our movement to the left, and it was necessary to give the men a little time to breathe.