Thursday, July 21, 2011

8:00 am: US offensive delayed

Stone Bridge

While Long Tom and the rest of the artillery pounded the Confederates at Stone Bridge, Schenck worked his brigade closer to their position for an attack, little-by-little. They slowly crept into a hollow that runs parallel to the Warrenton Turnpike. It was protected from the Confederate artillery that Evans had placed so it could fire straight down the length of the bridge, annihilating anyone crossing it, and the Confederate artillery of Colonel Cocke which was firing down on Tyler’s division from the hills above the bridge.

Farm Path to Sudley Ford
Somebody had made a serious mistake. The path had been considerably longer than six miles (it would end up over 12) and Burnside’s brigade should have crossed Sudley Ford an hour ago. They had emerged from the woods into a clear plain and the sun was beginning to make the men hot.

Key to People and Sources

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