f the day fluctuated for some time.
From the beginning, artillery had been employed on both sides, and a number of our batteries did most excellent service.
Colonel Stuart made a charge at one time with two companies of cavalry on the right of the enemy's line.
At a most critical period three regiments of Elzey's brigade — whicafter Smith was wounded.
My brigade went to the left of Elzey, and I am able to say that none of our troops got to the enemy's rear, unless it may have been when Stuart made his charge.
The reports of Generals Johnston and Beauregard as well as that of Colonel, afterwards Major General, Elzey, show the truth of the matter, and ifect in thwarting the last effort of the enemy to flank our line and in precipitating his retreat.
I can bear testimony to the very efficient service rendered by Stuart with his two companies of cavalry, and Beckham's battery.
The fact is that all the troops engaged in the battle were necessary to prevent defeat and secure vi
uce for the purpose of burying his dead, which was granted, until 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and subsequently extended, at his request, to give him time to complete the burial — the arrangements on our side being under the superintendence of General Stuart, and on the side of the enemy under that of Brigadier General Milroy.
Milroy, in his report, states that the truce was requested by us, but General Jackson says it was applied for by the enemy, and no one will doubt his word.
I know that the extension was applied for by Milroy or his staff officer, for I was on the ground in communication with General Stuart at the time.
This same Milroy was himself prevented by me from riding to the rear of the ground on which the enemy's dead lay, and he witnessed the taking from the field, under my directions, of very large quantities of small arms, which had been abandoned by Banks' men on the day of the battle.
I went on the field under General Ewell's orders, to superintend the buria