The Charlottesville Chronicle
has a description-- from a Confederate source — of the battle of General Early
made a cavalry feint on the enemy's right and struck them on the left flank with his infantry, capturing about two thousand prisoners and twenty pieces of artillery.
By half-past 10 our victory was complete.
The enemy were driven from their camps with great loss and in confusion.
We had only engaged the Eighth and Nineteenth corps, and had scattered them.--Prisoners report that they could have been of no farther use to the enemy during the day. Just here, the sixth corps was encountered by our infantry and stood its ground.
Artillery was massed so as to give it a front and enfilading fire.
It was driven from its position.
We then advanced on the pike just beyond Middletown
, at the farther suburbs of which our line was advanced and formed.
was on the right; then Wofford
's brigade of Kershaw
's division; then Pegram
, stretching across the pike, then Ramseur
; then Kershaw
; and then Gordon
, with Rosser
off to the left, with a gap of a hole between them.
was forced back by the enemy's overwhelming cavalry to Cedar creek
At this time the enemy's infantry was all on the right of the pike, and nothing across it on our left except their cavalry.
Here our troops were stopped.
There was quiet for three or four hours, and our men betook themselves to plundering.
Except some skirmishing and desultory firing, everything remained in statu quo
until about half-past 3 or 4 P. M., when the enemy suddenly attacked Gordon
's division, notwithstanding his efforts, soon broke.
's and Ramseur
's divisions were fighting well; but soon followed the example of Gordon
Five or six guns in the rear were immediately driven back when the line broke, and placed on a high hill, where, with no aid from the infantry, who were flying in every direction, they kept the enemy at bay for an hour or more.
Having exhausted their ammunition, they were compelled to withdraw.
By this time Wharton
's and Pegram
's men had caught the panic, and the field became covered with flying men. The artillery retired, firing slowly, and sustained only by Pegram
's old brigade and Evans
All of our artillery, as well as that captured from the enemy, were gotten safely over Cedar creek
Just then a small body of the enemy's cavalry crossed the creek and charged over the hill, but were driven back by a few scattering muskets.
After the creek was crossed, Pegram
's and Evang
's brigades participated in the demoralization — the road was filled with fugitives.
Their cavalry charged again in the rear of our train and not a gun was fired in its defence.
Many ordnance and medical stores, and twenty-three pieces of artillery, besides those taken by us in the morning, were captured.
We lost about one thousand in killed and wounded, and about five hundred prisoners. The enemy lost some three or four thousand.
They have not followed our army, being, doubtless, too much crippled.
In addition to the casualties previously mentioned by us, we hear that Lieutenant-Colonel Semmes
, of Humphrey
's brigade, was killed, and Colonel Moody
, commanding a brigade, shot in the arm.
distinguished himself greatly.
Indeed, he was in command of the army on the field, and executed the movements up to sun rise, when General Early
crossed Cedar creek
and assumed command.
is in command of Ranseur
The plan of battle was admirably conceived.
We have attempted to give only facts, which we derive by comparing various accounts; and we leave our to draw their own inferences.
We make only two remarks: First, that an error seems to have been committed in giving the enemy the rest between eleven and four o'clock, after we had routed them; and, second, that it is clear our troops behaved as they never behaved before, when the enemy attacked us at the latter hour.