Toward four o'clock in the afternoon the officers of the signal corps announce the approach of the enemy.
Smith, being hastily recalled by his chief, has barely time to throw Hancock's brigade on Richardson's right, to extend his line by resting it upon a thicket, which the enemy will presently take from him, and at the same time to send Brooks' brigade to the extreme left.
The latter general arrives just in time to occupy the wood stretching along the road, and to reinforce Burns' troops, of Sedgwick's division, who are keeping up an unequal fight from their position across this road.
Magruder, in fact, taking advantage of the gap made by Heintzelman's unhoped — for departure, has with his wonted vigor hurled his own and McLaws' division against the weakest point of the Federal line.
He almost breaks it, when the opportune arrival of the reserve of Sumner, who had soon recovered from his surprise, checks him. Brooks re-establishes the battle on that side; but the s
Right Grand division, Major-general Sumner. 22,736 men, 60 guns.
2d corps, Couch.
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Meagher's brigade, Zook's brigade, Caldwell's brigade.
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9th corps, Wilcox.
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Naglee's brigade, Ferrero's brigade; brigade,
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Left Grand division, Major-general Franklin. 46,892 men, 116 guns.
1st corps, Reynolds.
Sinclair's brigade, Magilton's brigade, Jackson's brigade.
Taylor's brigade; brigade, ......; brigade,......
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6th corps, W. F. Smith.
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