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he second retreating column, he rode up to him, and, in a tone of withering reproof, he exclaimed, Sir, I desire to know what is the reason and whence comes this disorder and confusion? Lee replied sharply, You know the attack was contrary to my advice and opinion. The chief replied in a tone that indicated the depth of his indignation, You should not have undertaken the command unless you intended to carry it out. There was no time for altercation, and, wheeling his horse, he hastened to Ramsay and Stewart, in the rear, and soon rallied a greater portion of their regiments, and ordered Oswald to take post on an eminence near, with two guns. These pieces, skilfully handled, soon checked the enemy. Washington's presence inspired the troops with courage, and ten minutes after he appeared the retreat was ended. The troops, lately a fugitive mob, were soon in orderly battle array on an eminence on which Gen. Lord Stirling placed some batteries. The line, then, was commanded on the r