nt (with a North Carolina brigade) attacked the hill with impetuous courage, but soon sent for reinforcements.
The Sixth Georgia and the brigade of Toombs of Jones' division went to his assistance.
General Hill in person accompanied the column.
They approached the crest in handsome order, but discipline was of no avail to hold them there, much less to make them advance further.
They soon retreated in disorder.
Gordon had made a gallant advance and some progress, as also had Ripley and Colquitt's and Anderson's brigades.
Peninsula Campaign, p. 160. The task was, however, too great for their unaided strength, and having done all that men dare do, they were driven back with frightful loss—a loss, perhaps, of not less than 2,000 men.
Just as Hill drew off his shattered brigades, Magruder ordered in his forces on Hill's right.
The brigades of Armistead, Wright, Mahone, G. T. Anderson, Cobb, Kershaw, Semmes, Ransom, Barksdale and Lawton threw themselves heavily, not all at once, b