A few regular companies and batteries made a leaven for the mass, and among those Federal organizations that most distinguished themselves were Ricketts' and Griffin's regular field-batteries.
About half-past 2 in the afternoon of July 21, 1861, these were ordered forward to the top of the Henry hill, where the battle of Bull Run was raging hottest.
They went with a feeling that the regiments ordered to support them were unreliable.
For a time there was a lull in the battle.
But ath sped from behind fences, bushes, hedges, and knolls.
The battery fought with desperate
The Henry house — after Bull Run: the artillery center of the first Civil War battle
Thus stood the Henry house after the battle of Bull Run, on July 21, 1861.
The building is no longer habitable — though the white plaster remaining shows that the destroying cannonade had not brought fire in its train.
At first not in the direct line of fire, the little home suddenly became the center of the floo