und that there was a good ford over Bull Run at Sudley Spring, two miles above the point where the direct road from Centreville to Warrenton crosses Bull Run by the Stone Bridge.
It was also found that this ford was unguarded by the enemy, and that above that point the stream was almost everywhere easily passable.
On these data was based the plan of attack, which was as follows: The Fifth Division (Miles) to remain in reserve at Centreville, and to make with one of its brigades, added to Richardson's brigade of Tyler's division, a false attack at Blackburn's Ford; the First Division (Tyler) to move by the turnpike up to the Stone Bridge at daybreak, threaten that point, and, at the proper time, to carry it or cross if uncovered from above.
Meantime, the principal column, consisting of the two divisions of Hunter and Heintzelman, of about twelve thousand men, was to diverge from the turnpike to the right a mile beyond Centreville, and, by a detour, reach Sudley Ford; thence, descendi
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Sumner, debouching from the bridge with Sedgwick's division (Richardson's division did not arrive till about sunset), pushed impetuously forward through the deep mud, guided only by the firinudson; Fifteenth Massachusetts, Lieutenant-Colonel Kim ball; Twentieth Massachusetts, Colonel Lee; Seventh Michigan, Major Richardson--the three former of General Gorman's brigade, the latter two of General Dana's brigade. to make a charge with the bt was met with such determined opposition
The crossing was held by General Franklin, with the divisions of Smith and Richardson and Naglee's brigade.
Captain Ayres directed the artillery. that, obstructed and estopped, he was compelled to give ovre of sixty guns.
Couch's division was placed on the right of Porter; next came Kearney and Hooker; next, Sedgwick and Richardson; next, Smith and Slocum; then the remainder of Keyes' corps, extending by a backward curve nearly to the river.
dvanced French's division on what had hitherto been the left, and Richardson's division still further to the left to oppose the Confederate centre under Hill.
Richardson had got handsomely to work, and French had cleared his front, when disaster again fell on the fatal right.
At t must now look a little to Sumner's other divisions—to French and Richardson on his centre and left.
When the pressure on Sedgwick became thebrigades of Hill, they received the attacks both of French and of Richardson's division to his left.
The latter division was composed of thfire as they marched in parallel lines by the flank.
Report of Richardson's division.
(This report is made by General Hancock, who was assigned to the command on the field of Antietam-General Richardson having been mortally wounded during the forenoon.) The race was won by Cross.derates showed a very bold front, however, and, deceived by this, Richardson contented himself with taking up a position to hold what was alr
, calling to those near him to follow.
Inspired by his example, the colorbearers and officers all along the front sprang out, and, without more firing, the men charged at the pas de course, capturing all that remained of the enemy.
The history of the war presents no equally splendid illustration of personal magnetism.
Warren led the van of the rushing lines; his horse was fatally shot within a few feet of the breastworks, and he himself was in imminent peril, when a gallant officer, Colonel Richardson of the Seventh Wisconsin, sprang between him and the enemy, receiving a severe wound, but shielding from hurt the person of his loved commander.
A charge of the cavalry completed the rout, and the remnants of the divisions of Pickett and Johnson fled westward from Five Forks, pursued for many miles, and until long after dark, by the mounted divisions of Merritt and McKenzie.
The trophies of the day included many colors and guns and above five thousand prisoners, of which number thr