Rappahannock Station, battle of.
In the pursuit of Lee
, in his retreat towards Richmond
from the vicinity of Bull
Run, in October, 1863, the 6th Corps, under General Sedgwick
, found the Confederates
strongly intrenched in works cast up by the Nationals on the north side of the Rappahannock
, at Rappahannock Station.
They were about 2,000 in number.
advanced (Nov. 7, 1863) upon each flank of the works, with the division of Gen. D. A. Russell
marching upon the centre.
The first brigade, under Col. P. C. Ellmaker
, was in the van of Russell
's division, and just before sunset, in two columns, stormed the works with fixed bayonets.
The van of the stormers rushed through a thick tempest of canister-shot and bullets, followed by the remainder of the brigade, and after a struggle of a few moments the strongest redoubt was carried.
In that charge the slaughter of the Unionists was fearful.
At the same time two regiments of Upton
's brigade charged the rifle-pits, drove the Confederates
from them, and, sweeping down to the pontoon bridge, cut off the retreat of the garrison.
The National loss was about 300 killed and wounded. The fruits of victory were over 1,600 prisoners, four guns, eight battle-flags, 2,000 small-arms, and the pontoon bridge.