from four o'clock till long after dark, in a dense forest, without yielding a foot.
It was a fair stand up fight, in which Williams' division lost more heavily than any other in the engagement.
When they first advanced against Colonel Robinson's brigade, the rebels held up their hands as if to surrender, upon which, seeing our lads hesitate, they instantly poured a volley into them.
These wretched and cowardly tactics were practised on other portions of the line.
The brigade of Colonel Ansel McCook, on Palmer's left, was at one time heavily engaged, the One Hundred and Fourth and Tenth Wisconsin losing about fifty men each.
The remainder of Palmer's corps was not engaged, and so rapid and conclusive was the fighting that it was not needed to assist Hooker or Newton.
It is estimated that every man in Hooker's corps expended over a hundred rounds of ammunition.
At the beginning of the fight the ammunition trains were on the north bank of the creek, but they were rushed over b