. As we debouched from the woods into the open, we came upon that fatal angle — the error, it is said, of General M. L. Smith, engineer-in-chief of the army — which gave so much trouble, and lost so many men, and which has passed into history as Johnson's salient.
This angle had been early recognized as the weak point of our line, and was so much feared that the artillery which guarded it was withdrawn every night, and sent in early each morning before light.
The enemy in front of this sanes at that point.
In the dusky light he came up with a rush; and just as our artillery, which was moving in battery at the same moment, galloped up, and unlimbered for action, it was captured.
Only one piece or two was fired.
The infantry of Johnson's Division were overpowered almost as speedily; but the supports came up promptly, and a hand-to-hand conflict ensued, during which the two forces were rarely as far apart as a dozen yards.
At times, as if by mutual consent, there would be a ce