several hundred yards in width, ascending sharply towards the enemy's position, which, as it turned out, was held by a part of McLaws' division of Longstreet's corps.
Birney's division of Hancock's corps was assigned the duty of carrying the work and bridge.
To cover the storming party, Colonel Tidball, chief of artillery of the corps, placed in position three sections, which replied with effect to the enemy's fire.
An hour before sundown, the assault was made by the brigades of Pierce and Egan, that, under a heavy fire, swept across the open plain at double-quick.
As the menacing line approached close to the work, the garrison fled precipitately, and the men, making a foothold in the parapet with their bayonets, clambered over it and planted their colors on the redan.
Thirty men of the defending force, unable to escape, were captured in the ditch.
The affair was exceedingly spirited, and cost less than a hundred and fifty men. The enemy made several attempts to burn the bridge
It should be mentioned, however, that when an advance was at length made in the morning, Egan's brigade of Birney's division attacked and carried in a very spirited manner a small redoubt occ, and he was desired to assist in making the connection by extending his right.
Accordingly, General Egan (then commanding Gibbon's division of Hancock's corps), deployed two of his brigades to the rcaptured, and affairs appeared as critical as can well be conceived.
Hancock immediately ordered Egan to change front, and move to resist the adverse mass; but that officer, with true soldierly instidton plankroad, they pushed rapidly across that road, and, facing southward, commenced firing.
Egan swept down upon the flanks of the enemy with Smythe's and Willett's brigades of his own division, cavalry formed on the west side of the road, and advanced at the same time.
The forward rush of Egan's men was irresistible, and the Confederates were driven from the field with the loss of two colo