the background and from the meadow (not visible) on the left.
The wooded knoll is supposed to be the point from which Generals Wright and Armistead reconnoitered the Federal position, as described by General Wright in his report.
[See p. 418.]--Editors. far and near, and in any direction, was fearful to behold.
Pressed to the extreme as they were, the courage of our men was fully tried.
The safety of our army — the life of the Union--was felt to be at stake.
In one case the brigades of Howe, Abercrombie, and Palmer, of Couch's division, under impulse, gallantly pushed after the retreating foe, captured colors, and advantageously advanced the right of the line, but at considerable loss and great risk.
The brigades of Morell, cool, well-disciplined, and easily controlled, let the enemy return after each repulse, but permitted few to escape their fire.
Colonel McQuade, on Morell's left, with the 14th New York, against orders and at the risk of defeat and disaster, yielding to imp