division crossed it, the officers on horseback; the artillery followed, but most of the guns sunk in the mud in the marshy plains which extend beyond the bridge.
Kirby's regular battery alone succeeded in getting safely over.
Richardson, who, after having tried in vain to restore the lower bridge, had been compelled to cross at of Fair Oaks with a portion of his troops, and had barely time to deploy to receive the shock of Smith's corps, which was about to debouch in the large clearing.
Kirby's battery enfiladed an open space leading to Nine Mile road; Sumner placed one brigade and a half on the right, fronting Old Tavern; on the left the remainder of Ssuccess; Whiting, who commanded three brigades of this corps, debouched on the salient angle formed by the Federal line; but being received by a terrible fire from Kirby's guns, he halted on the skirt of the wood.
After a brisk fire of musketry, the Confederates made a new attempt to carry this battery, which occupied the key of t