The whole project was based on the belief that the enemy's works extended only to the crossing of Hatcher's run by the Boydton road, and that they were incomplete, and weakly manned.
This project was based upon information which led to the belief that the enemy's line only extended to the crossing of Hatcher's run by the Boydton plank road, and that it was not completed thus far and was weakly manned.—Meade's Report of the Operation, October 28.
The troops broke camp on the 26th, and at an early hour on the 27th, all three corps were in motion.
But instead of the rebel line being unfinished and altogether north of Hatcher's run, it was found to extend east of the stream and below the bend, nearly to Armstrong's mill, a distance of at least two miles: it was also quite completed and thoroughly fortified, with slashing and abatis.
The consequence was that Parke made no attempt to assault.
Warren, however, after cutting a road through the woods, soon struck the rebel