's division had received the shock of the enemy's attack, and been forced back a little, but soon recovered itself.
, on the right, had held the enemy's cavalry in check, and, with a part of his force, had made a gallant charge against a body of infantry, when Ramseur
's line was being forced back, thus aiding the latter in recovering from the momentary disorder.
on the left, from across the Red Bud
, had poured a galling fire into the enemy's columns with his sharpshooters and horse artillery, while Nelson
's and Braxton
's battalions had performed wonders.
This affair occurred about 11 A. M., and a splendid victory had been gained.
The ground in front was strewn with the enemy's dead and wounded, and some prisoners had been taken.
But on our side, Major General Rodes
had been killed, in the very moment of triumph, while conducting the attack of his division with great gallantry and skill, and this was a heavy blow to me. Brigadier General Godwin
's division had been killed, and Brigadier General York
's division had lost an arm. Other brave men and officers had fallen, and we could illy bear the loss of any of them.
Had I then had a fresh body of troops to push our victory, the day would have been ours, but in this action, in the early part of the day, I had present only about 7,000 muskets, about 2,000 cavalry and two battalions of artillery with about 30 guns; and they had all been engaged.
's division and King
's artillery had not arrived, and Imboden
's cavalry under Colonel Smith
, and McCausland
's under Colonel Ferguson
, were watching the enemy's cavalry on the right, on the Martinsburg
road and the Opequon
The enemy had a fresh corps which had not been engaged, and there remained his heavy force of cavalry.
Our lines were now formed across from Abraham's Creek
to Red Bud and were very attenuated.
The enemy was still to be seen in front in formidable force, and away to our right, across Abraham's Creek
, at the junction of the Front Royal