eved by five companies of the Sixth Maine, who were rapidly thrown forward to the crest of a hill half a mile to our front.
About three o'clock P. M., the skirmish-line was advanced to the foot of a hill rising from the river.
This hill is in reality a part of the river-bank, which here rises up so as to command the front for a mile or more, and was further strengthened by an elaborate redoubt, containing two twelve--pound Parrott guns, taken originally from Milroy at the capitulation of Winchester.
On the rebel right, and near the railway, was another smaller redoubt, (also containing two three-inch ordnance guns taken from us, the one at Antietam, the other at Chancellorsville,) which crowned a hill but little lower than the one just described, from which it was distant some six hundred feet. To the enemy's left of the larger fortification, extended a long line of formidable, carefully constructed rifle-pits.
These redoubts and rifle-pits were lined with troops — in short, Stonew