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ove too brief statement of Banks' attack of Jackson is based on the official report of Jackson himself, and is there.
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Whilst the Federal attack upon Early was in progress, says Jackson, the main body of the Federal infantry moved down from the woods, through the corn and wheat fields, and fell with great vigor upon our extreme left; and by the force of superior numbers, bearing down all opposition, turned it and poured a destructive fire into its rear.
Campbell's brigade fell back in disorder.
The enemy pushing forward, and the left flank of A. G. Taliaferro's brigade being by these movements exposed to a flank fire, fell back, as did also the left of Early's line.
General W. B. Taliaferro's division (Jackson's old division) becoming exposed, they were withdrawn.—Jackson's Report of Cedar Mountain: Reports of the Army of North ern Virginia, vol.
II., p. 5. These are the words in which a general is apt to describe a serious defeat, and they just