t General Lee, who was on the field with President Davis, directed that it should be delayed until Huger or Jackson should be heard from.
About three P. M. there came from the left the sound of the artillery affair between Huger's advance at Brightwell's and Slocum's artillery, the character of which has already been stated.
Supposing it to be General Huger's announcement of his being in position, Longstreet at once replied by ordering his artillery opened.
In compliance with this order, Dearing's battery opened a cannonade which drew a furious and somewhat mischievous fire from the enemy's batteries, which nearly enfiladed the Long Bridge road.
An hour passed in this artillery duelling produced no material result, as the intervening thickets hid the contending batteries from each other's view, and the firing was mostly at random.
About four P. M., nothing definite being known of Huger and Jackson, but the lateness of the hour admitting no longer delay, General Longstreet assumed