The action opened with Confederate artillery catching the Federals in column marching east along the Warrenton Pike. We pick up the action after the initial Confederate artillery fire.
|Surprised and taking fire, |
Gibbon and Doubleday deploy their regiments to the north of the pike.
|As the Federals deploy, |
Jackson becomes impatient that his commanders are not acting.
Grabbing the 26 GA and 60 GA,
Jackson,himself, strikes off for Brawner's Farm.
|Jackson leads the Georgians to take Brawner's Farm|
|Deployed, the Federal infantry advance through the woods|
to threaten Brawner's Farm and discourage artillery fire
|Doubleday sends two regiments into the woods on the Federal|
left to pin half of the Stonewall Brigade.
|Taking casualties, the Stonewall BDE holds its ground|
|Will stalemate on the left, Federals mass their guns|
and advance upon Brawner's Farm in the center.
|Jackson beats the Federals to the farm and digs in|
for the assaults that will be coming.
|Jackson takes fire but holds the farm|
|Federals close in on Jackson at Brawner's Farm.|
|With his subordinates inactive, Jackson must hold on |
as the Union wave crests on his position.
|Jackson's position is threatened on both flanks|
|Taking heavy casualties, |
the Stonewall Brigade falls back from the farm.
|Federal guns pound the Rebel positions disordering |
all of the Confederate formations.
In the confusion, Jackson falls from his horse.
Jackson is carried from the field.
|With the Confederate center reeling,|
Doubleday pushes on against the Rebel right.
|With no response from the Reb forces lingering in reserve, |
Rebels fall back to the copse of trees seeking reprieve
from the ferocious Federal artillery.
|Heavily outnumbered, Confederates hug the treeline|
in search of shelter.
|Rockbridge battery deploys near the railroad cut and |
begins lending support while Maryland and Courtney batteries
take up positions near Stony Ridge.
|Two battle lines are drawn up as Confederates |
cling to the bank of the railroad cut.
|Finally! As dusk looms, Trimble and Lawton snap into action.|
Both formations step out of the railroad cut.
|With night approaching and Jackson lost, Ewell calls off |
the attack to regroup and reconsider his options
for the morrow.
The loss of Jackson will be felt, no doubt. In the Iron Brigade's baptism of fire, they came through to fight Jackson to a standstill. Gibbon and Doubleday gain a victory for their actions on the field this evening.
What if Ewell had pressed on as night fell? Could Lawton and Trimble have tipped the balance and gained victory from the jaws of defeat?