THE REBELS TAKE THE TOWN
As the Eleventh Corps fled in confusion, the slaughter was terrific, in the opinion of Maj. John W. Daniel of Gen. Jubal Early's staff. "The Federal flank had been shrivelled up as a scroll," and the men in blue were fleeing up the slight slope from Stevens's Run into the north edge of the town. The rattle of Confederate musketry blended with soul-stirring music played by a distant band of Rodes's division. It was a heady hour for the men of Ewell's corps--those who had not become casualties. John Daniel, who was riding with Early in the rear of Gordon's brigade, leaned toward the general and shouted, "General, this day's work will win the Southern Confederacy." 1
Early did not reply; his expression did not change. Soon he sent Daniel ahead to be with Gordon and his brigade. Gordon had pushed ahead toward a Union line forming on the rise between Stevens's Run and the north edge of town by Coster's brigade, Heckman's Ohio battery, and remnants of Schurz's division. Early ordered Gordon to halt his brigade near Stevens's Run and sent Hays's and Hoke's brigades forward from the left to take care of the shaky Union line. The Georgians halted, filling their cartridge boxes, and the pursuit continued without them. 2
As Gordon's brigade advanced, Early sent for a battery to support it, and Capt. James McD. Carrington's Charlottesville Artillery came forward with its four Napoleons. Carrington crossed the bridge over Rock Creek and turned right into a field, where he met Early. The two rode in silence at the head of the battery until Early told Carrington to give Gordon's brigade immediate support if it needed it. Soon after, when they were in the middle of the field, Early told the captain to prepare for action.