's report puts quite a different face on the whole proceeding, and his account is as follows:
About 3 P. M., the enemy having massed his troops in front of General Jackson, advanced against his position in strong force.
His front line pushed forward until engaged at close quarters by Jackson's troops, when its progress was checked, and a fierce and bloody struggle ensued.
A second and third line, of great strength, moved up to support the first, but, in doing so, came within easy range of a position a little in advance of Longstreet's left.
He immediately ordered up two batteries, and two others being thrown forward about the same time by Colonel S. D. Lee, under their well-directed fire the supporting lines were broken and fell back in confusion.
Their repeated efforts to rally were unavailing, and Jackson's troops, being thus relieved from the pressure of overwhelming numbers, began to press steadily forward, driving the enemy before them.
He retreated in confusion, suffering severely from our artillery, which advanced as he retired.
General Longstreet, anticipating the order for a general advance, now threw his whole command against the Federal centre and left.
Hood's two brigades, followed by Evans, led the attack.
R. H. Anderson's division came gallantly to the support of Hood, while the three brigades of Wilcox moved forward on his left, and those of Kemper on his right.
D. R. Jones advanced on the extreme right, and the whole line swept steadily on, driving the enemy, with great carnage, from each successive position, until 10 P. M., when darkness put an end to the battle and the pursuit.
It was not all Longstreet
's battle then, and Jackson
and his men had something to do with it. That Longstreet
's troops, when once turned loose, fought with all the dash and gallantry possible, no one will pretend to deny; but it seemed an almost interminable period before they were brought into action, and often was uttered the anxious enquiry, by those who for four days had been confronting and fighting Pope
's accumulating columns, “Will Longstreet
never begin” ? Is it to be wondered that General Lee
had come to the conclusion that Longstreet
was very slow, however well he fought when once in action?
It is to be observed that General Longstreet
, in his account of this battle in the article in the Times
, says that “General Jackson
did not pursue,” while General Lee
says: “Their repeated efforts to rally were unavailing, and Jackson
's troops, being thus relieved from the pressure of overwhelming numbers, began to press steadily forward, driving the enemy before them.”
The inference to be gathered from Longstreet
's statement is that Jackson
took no further part in the battle after the troops were repulsed from his front, but he (Longstreet
) won the victory.
The fact is that General.Longstreet always proved himself incapable of doing justice to the troops of others who fought in conjunction with his own. To show how different it was with a truly great soldier, who could afford to accord to his comrades their due share of the glory won in battle, the following extract is given from General Jackson
's report in regard to the same battle.
After some desultory skirmishing and heavy cannonading during the day, the Federal infantry, about 4 o'clock in the evening, moved from under cover of the wood and advanced in several lines, first engaging the right, but soon extending its attack to the centre and left.
In a few moments our line was engaged in a fierce and sanguinary struggle with the enemy.
As one line was