The chances seemed unequal.
, trying to anticipate Jackson
, anticipating Pope
, struck him a sharp blow at Cedar Run
, August 9, 1862.
In this fight Hays
' brigade, under Col. Henry Forno
, of the Fifth regiment, was led by Ewell
to an elevation of 200 feet, looking down in the valley, whence they supported Trimble
Already repulsed from our left and center, and now pressed stoutly by gallant Ewell
on our right, the Federals
retreated from the whole line, leaving their dead and wounded on the field.
The Louisiana Guard artillery had taken an active part at Cedar Run
. ‘They behaved like veterans, although this was their first engagement,’ said their Captain D'Aquin
The Second Louisiana brigade, under Colonel Stafford
, and then with A. P. Hill
's division, reached the field at dark and was sent forward through the woods, feeling its way cautiously, skirmishing and taking prisoners, and finally discovering the enemy in force.
The brigade was thus forced to occupy a position always dangerous.
To an army—or any part of it—a night attack multiplies its perils indefinitely.
At frequent intervals during the night, the Second brigade was under heavy shelling.
Its loss was 4 killed and 20 wounded.
From Cedar Run Jackson
set himself to mystifying Pope
as he had mystified McClellan
What the great St. Bernard pass had been to the Austrian Melas
, in the Marengo
campaign, Thoroughfare gap was to be to Pope
Before the latter—in his saddle—had even thought of holding the gap, Jackson
's ‘foot cavalry’—after a wonderful march of fifty miles in thirty-six hours—were dashing through it, wrecking the Union
supplies at Bristoe1
and Manassas Junction
, and sending a thrill of horror as far as Halleck
Once on his old territory, Jackson