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Gordon's attack...Sedgewicks Corps had been depleted of reserves to help Hancock....Ewell had shelled them most of the day causing significant casualties. The Union right flank collapsed pretty easy when Gordon attacked. Nightfall combined with stiffening Union resistance finally stopped the advance. But only after significant gains.
That's what Gordon said. Jubal Early, on the other hand, thought darkness saved the Confederates: "It was fortunate, however, that darkness came to close this affair, as the enemy, if he had been able to discover the disorder on our side, might have brought up fresh troops and availed himself of our condition." Federal officers wrote essentially the same thing.