ready and we had been forced back from the West woods.
Smith, to guard the batteries, deployed Hancock's brigade to our left.
Hancock separated the protecting batteries and put regiments between thHancock separated the protecting batteries and put regiments between them.
I sent a regiment, the Twentieth Massachusetts, to help him support his right battery.
The Confederates fired upon these new arrivals and were answered by the batteries.
They ventured no farther, nor did we. General Smith sent Irwin's brigade to prolong Hancock's line leftward, while Sumner took Smith's other brigade to watch his extreme right, being apprehensive of some hostile countermo with us — a natural mistake.
But a big gap was left.
It took four or five batteries, besides Hancock's and Irwin's elongated lines, to fill the interval.
French's division marched briskly, driv our part of the field after one o'clock, but the artillery was unceasing all along the lines.
Hancock was quickly sent to command Richardson's division.
For one more trial Slocum's division under