The papers have told you how hopefully we marched from Centreville, and with what enthusiasm the attack began. Of course, we know now that it was intended that General Hunter's column should open the ball much earlier in the morning, and that the ...
heights back of the turnpike should have been assaulted soon after sunrise, but it seemed nearly noon before our brigade commander led us through the ford and we pitched in to the support of the attack. You have read, too, how successful we were at first. Really, as we swept up the slope in line, we saw no enemy at all, only a smoky ridge, topped by open fields in which two regular batteries were banging away in front of the Henry house, making tremendous noise and smoke, and setting us to cheering like mad.
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Date of publication: 10/01/2011
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