perpendicular, and the approach being over open fields, swept by artillery fire and obstructed by abatis.
This position was held by the brigades of Reynolds and Seymour; but when the Confederates showed a determination to force the passage, General Porter called up the remainder of his corps, consisting of Meade's brigade and thetes followed closely, skirmishing, yet Porter was able to take up his new position before they appeared in force in his front.
The rear was handsomely covered by Seymour's brigade and the horse batteries of Robertson and Tidball.
Sketch of the field of Gaines' Mill.
The position on the north bank of the Chickahominy taken u in the Peninsula, pamphlet, p. 5. which were finally yielded to the enemy.
Meantime, a renewed attempt on the left shattered and doubled up that flank, held by Seymour's brigade; and the enemy following up, drove the routed troops between Sumner and Hooker, till, penetrating too far, he was caught himself on the flank by Hooker'
o cut off the retreat of the Union forces.
By an impetuous rush, the latter carried the Bald Hill, held by Reynolds and Ricketts; and it then became doubtful whether even the Henry House Hill could be maintained so as to cover the retreat of the army over Bull Run, for Longstreet had thrown around his right so as to menace that position.
This, however, was happily provided for by the firmness of some battalions of Regulars, which held the ground until relieved by the brigades of Meade and Seymour and other troops, that maintained the position and permitted the withdrawal of the army.
Under cover of the darkness the wearied troops retired across Bull Run, by the stone bridge, and took position on the heights of Centreville.
Owing to the obscurity of the night, and the uncertainty of the fords of Bull Run, Lee attempted no pursuit.
The obscurity of the night, and the uncertainty of the fords of Bull Run, rendered it necessary to suspend operations until morning.
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ame about, that fifteen minutes before the time appointed by Grant for the general attack, a sudden outburst of musketry from the direction of Sedgwick announced that Lee was beforehand with him in offensive purposes.
The attack was made upon Seymour's brigade on the extreme right, involved the whole of Ricketts' division, and then Wright's. But, as has been seen, it had no serious character, and was not pushed with much vigor; so that Sedgwick not only yielded no ground, but was able to pusnsiderable force around the right flank of the wing held by Ricketts' division of the Sixth Corps, and, in conjunction with a demonstration in front, succeeded in forcing this division back in considerable confusion, making prisoners of Brigadier-Generals Seymour and Shaler, and a considerable number of men. The attack produced a good deal of alarm; but the break was soon repaired, and darkness prevented the Confederates following up the success of this sally.
When the dawn of the third day (
sire, and with this view he ordered a mounted charge, which was executed in a very spirited manner by one of his brigades under Colonel Stagg.
When the head of column of the Sixth Corps came in sight the Confederates began retiring, whereupon Seymour's division was directed to carry the road.
This being done, the Confederates fell back slowly, skirmishing and turning with such sharp and sudden sallies of resistance, that a halt had to be called to get up Wheaton's division of the Sixth Corps.
This took position on the left of Seymour, whereupon a renewed advance was made, and the Confederates were driven until the lines of the Sixth Corps reached Sailor's Creek.
Then from the north bank could be descried the cavalry on the high ground above the creek and south of it, and the long lines of smoke from the burning wagons beyond.
But even while thus environed, these men showed they could still exact a price before yielding; and when an advance was made by a part of the Sixth Corps