of whom then crossed over and joined the regiments of General Winder
, of Ewell
's division, which was on Tyler
's right, and where a battle had begun that soon became heavy.
General Dick Taylor
's Louisiana brigade, which had flanked and attacked General Tyler
's left, but was driven back, now made a sudden dash through the woods that completely masked it, upon a battery of seven guns under Lieutenant-colonel Hayward
, and captured it. With his Own regiment (Sixty-sixth Ohio), and the Fifth and Seventh Ohio, Colonel Candy
, who was in the rear of the battery, made a spirited counter-charge, and re-captured it with one of the Confederate
guns, but the artillery horses having been killed, he was unable to take it off. Instead of the guns, he took with him, in falling back, sixty-seven of Taylor
's men as prisoners.
So overwhelming was the number of Jackson
's troops that Tyler
was compelled to retreat.
This was done in good order, “save the stampede of those who ran before the fight was fairly opened.”
He was pursued about five miles, gallantly covered by Carroll
and his cavalry.
“Upon him I relied,” said Tyler
, “and was not disappointed.”
In the engagement and retreat the Confederates
captured four hundred and fifty prisoners, and eight hundred muskets.
So ended the battle of Port Republic
telegraphed to Richmond
, saying--“Through God's blessing the enemy near Port Republic
was this day routed, with the loss of six pieces of his artillery.”
The battle was disastrous in its results, but glorious for the officers and men of the National
army engaged in it. It was one of the brilliant battles of the war.4
in check until his main body crossed the bridge, when his rear-guard set it on fire.
The sounds of battle and the sight of columns of smoke had hastened the march of Fremont
When he came near Port Republic
he found the bridge in flames, the Shenandoah
too deep to be forded anywhere, and his enemy beyond his immediate grasp.
Here ended the pursuit — here ended the famous race of Fremont
, and Jackson
up the Shenandoah Valley, which was skillfully won by the latter.
On the following morning
army began to retrace its steps, and, in the midst of a drenching rain, it reached Harrisonburg
fell back to Mount Jackson
to New Market
, when both commanders were called to Washington
re-crossed the Shenandoah
and encamped at Weyer
two miles from Port Republic
, and on the 17th he was summoned, with a greater portion of his army, to assist in the defense of Richmond
The writer, accompanied by two friends ( S. M. Buckingham
and H. L.