y, the head of the column is surprised by the enemy's fire on approaching the position in which he is strongly intrenched.
The Seventh Connecticut, which is in the van, is brought to a sudden halt.
The Seventh New Hampshire comes to its rescue, but the repeating rifles of this regiment have been taken from them and their place supplied with others of less value.
The soldiers, who have lost confidence in their arms, break ranks, and the Eighth colored regiment has to be sent up to support Elder's and Hamilton's batteries, which are posted, the one on the right, the other on the left, at less than one hundred and seventy yards from the enemy.
An equally short distance permits the Confederates to direct against them a concentric fire, and if on the one hand the Federals force them to remain under cover of the woods, on the other hand they are sustaining considerable loss.
The colored troops, well commanded, stand the test bravely, but they are forced to lengthen their front on the