During the night a new line of intrenchments was thrown up by the Nationals; but Hooker's forces were in a very perilous position on Sunday morning, May 3.
When he heard of the movement of Jackson on Saturday morning, he had called from Sedgwick Reynolds's corps, 20,000 strong, and it arrived the same evening.
Hooker's force was now 60,000 strong, and Lee's 40,000.
The former ordered Sedgwick to cross the river and seize and hold Fredericksburg and the heights behind it, and then, pushinging and flowing for more than an hour.
During this struggle Hooker had been prostrated, and Couch took command of the army.
Almost the whole National army became engaged in the battle, at different points.
excepting the troops under Meade and Reynolds.
Couch fell back towards the Rappahannock, and, at noon, Hooker, having recovered, resumed chief command.
Lee's army was now united, but Hooker's was divided.
Sedgwick had seriously menaced Lee's flank, but had not joined Hooker.