the fugitives and pursuers were advancing, General Dwight formed his (First) brigade, and to the left of him was placed the Third Brigade, from which the skirmishers were taken, commanded by Colonel Lewis Benedict.
The Second Brigade, under General McMillan, was held in reserve.
But before the line was fairly formed, the flying columns came dashing on in wild confusion, and passed through the opened ranks to the rear.
The Confederates, close upon their heels, and flushed with the inspiration of victory, fell heavily upon the skirmish line, and pressed it back to the main body.
In strong force they now assailed Emory, first threatening his right most seriously, which he strengthened by placing McMillan's reserves on the right of Dwight.
Meanwhile the fire of the Unionists had been reserved, but when the foe was at close quarters they opened upon them such murderous volleys of musketry that they recoiled.
A severe battle ensued, which lasted an hour and a half, during which the Con