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ted of a portion of the First division, the Vermont brigade of the Second division, and some picked troops of General Neill's command, who were massed, on the eve of the attack, to the left and front of three batteries — Cowan's, McCartney's, and Rhodes'. Some companies of the Forty-ninth New York regiment had occupied during the afternoon a work in advance of the general line, and just to the left of the line of march of the column of attack.
As the column pressed forward, these companies moved by the left flank, engaging a battery of the enemy on the right of his work.
The batteries of McCartney, Cowan, and Rhodes opened on the work, over the heads of the attacking column, which moved steadily on in the face of a terrific blaze of musketry, with arms a-port, and without firing a shot, up to the very face of the enemy's position.
It poured, a flood of savage faces and plunging bayonets, over the crest of the work and into the midst of the enemy, capturing in an instant nine hundred