We have but a few hours of daylight left us. My cavalry are rapidly exhausting their ammunition, and if the attack is delayed much longer they may have none left.
And then another batch of staff-officers was sent out to gallop through the mud and hurry up the columns.
At four o'clock the formation was completed, the order for the assault was given, and the struggle for Pickett's intrenched line began.
The Confederate infantry brigades were posted from left to right as follows: Terry, Corse, Steuart, Ransom, and Wallace.
General Fitzhugh Lee, commanding the cavalry, had placed W. H. F. Lee's two brigades on the right of the line, Munford's division on the left, and Rosser's in rear of Hatcher's Run, to guard the trains.
I rode to the front, in company with Sheridan and Warren, with the head of Ayres's division, which was on the left.
Ayres threw out a skirmish-line and advanced across an open field which sloped down gradually toward the dense woods just north of the White Oa