The enemy halted and replied by a heavy volley from their cross-fire on our gunners.
Several of the latter were wounded, but not disabled.
The steel rifled guns now belched forth a continued round of firing, when the enemy finding it too hot, fell back into the woods out of sight.
The command was given again: Pieces by hand to the front; forward, march.
Colonel Hovey himself, caught hold of the trail of one of the guns, and exclaimed: Let's push them forward, boys.
Colonel Wood and Lientenant Baker also took hold of the drag-rope hooks, and assisted in moving the guns forward.
On the guns were pushed, the cavalry under Major Clendenning following in line of battle, ready for the charge.
Our men pressed on with enthusiastic ardor.
Advancing in this way a quarter of a mile, the enemy were described formed in the same mode as before.
We got up to within one hundred yards, when they opened fire upon us. We returned the fire with canister from the little guns, with occasional carbi