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e defeat of Fremont and Shields, was reinforced by Whiting's division, composed of Hood's Texas brigade and his own, under Colonel Law, from Richmond, and that of Lawton, from the South.
The intention of the enemy seemed to be to attack Richmond by regular approaches.
The strength of his left wing rendered a direct assault injudl Garnett commanding, being on the left; Taliaferro's parallel to the road, supporting the batteries; and Winder's own brigade, under Colonel Roland, in reserve.
Lawton's brigade, having been detached by General Jackson to guard the train, was prevented from taking part in the engagement.
The battle opened with a fierce fire of from a point a short distance west of the turnpike toward Sudley Mill — Jackson's division, under Brigadier-General Starke, being on the right; Ewell's, under General Lawton, in the centre; and A. P. Hill on the left.
The Federal army was evidently concentrating upon Jackson, with the design of overwhelming him before the arrival