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rtillery. Headquarters, Washington artillery, near Stone Bridge, Bull Run, July 22, 1861. General: I have the honor e brigade of General Jackson, then on the march towards Stone Bridge. Every preparation having been previously made, the orfirst fire from the enemy's guns, then in position near Stone Bridge; here I was ordered to halt and await orders from Genern front of Lewis's farm-house, my guns directed towards Stone Bridge, where it was reported the enemy was about to attack. six pounders and took position near the road leading to Stone Bridge, from Lewis's house, and directing against the enemy's now opened fire upon our position from the vicinity of Stone Bridge. This fire having been silenced by some guns of Coloneof Thursday's engagement, at a ford on Bull Run, called Stone Bridge. We retired to rest under the full conviction that on olina, was the first to lead his brigade into action at Stone Bridge. It consisted of the Fourth South Carolina regiment an
. Accordingly, Col. Richardson was left with a considerable battery of artillery and one brigade — the fourth of Gen. Tyler's division — at the scene of the skirmish of Thursday, with directions to open heavily with cannon at about the moment of the real attack elsewhere. The remainder of Gen. Tyler's division, his 1st, 2d, and 3d brigades, with powerful artillery, but without cavalry, was sent to cross Bull Run at a point a mile and a half or more to the right, upon a road known as the Stone Bridge road. A stronger wing, comprising the divisions of Col. Hunter and Col. Heintzelman, was carried around a good distance to the right, with the purpose of breaking upon the enemy in flank and rear, and driving them towards Gen. Tyler, by whom their regular retreat should be cut off. Col. Miles' division remained at Centreville in reserve, and had no part in the action. Long before dawn, the three divisions which sustained the battle moved from Centreville to the attack. The march was
road to Centreville, by Mitchell's Ford, where Gen. Bonham, with his brigade, had been posted, and a flanking force by Stone Bridge, and along the line which the enemy himself selected for a flanking force on us. This action of the enemy induced a ne force would then have been in action. As it was, only those were in that could be thrown upon the plain of battle at Stone Bridge. The rest, in reserve at the several crossings for five miles down, were inactive, suspended on contingencies for mov exhibited large masses of his forces; and the demonstration was followed up, as I have stated, by a movement round by Stone Bridge to our left flank. This movement was anticipated by a like movement of ours to take him upon his right flank; and thured gentleman, as he unquestionably is. army of the Potomac, camp Pickens, Wednesday, July 24. The great battle at Stone Bridge has been the theme for days, but still is not exhausted. It stirred our hearts so deeply that they cannot take the cu
and Manassas railroad crosses the Run, and distant four miles. Proceeding from Fairfax Court House, by Centreville, to Stone Bridge, the enemy passed in front of our entire line, but a distance ranging from five to two miles. At 9 o'clock, I reachaces from where I stood. At a quarter past 12, Johnston and Beauregard galloped rapidly forward in the direction of Stone Bridge, where the ball had now fully opened. The artillery were the first to open fire, precisely at 11 o'clock. By half-pershaw received an order, since leaving the entrenchments. He had retrieved the lost battle and gained the victory of Stone Bridge, with two regiments and a battery of four pieces. Now we halted under an order from Gen. Beauregard, not to engage ith 20 regiments. His men had one night to rest before waking to meet the bloodiest fury of the battle on the left of Stone Bridge. I will not say that Gen. Johnston's presence was absolutely necessary to turn the scale in our favor. I firmly be