ntry between our right and the James, merely picketed by 150 cavalry; and Beauregard, having made careful observations before dark, attempted at once to assault in front, to turn this flank, and to strike heavily our left with a division under Gen. Whiting, which he had left on the Petersburg side of the gap in the railroad.
The attempt to turn our right was at first a decided success.
Heckman's brigade, here posted, was surprised and overwhelmed.
The enemy gained the rear of this flank, an was thus repulsed — the assailants recoiling with loss.
Beauregard thereupon renewed his effort to turn our right; sending a large force, and directing it to make a farther detour; which was done, and Smith thereby compelled to fall back.
Whiting, who was to have struck Gillmore on our left, failed, for some reason, to do so; hence, Gillmore stood in idle expectancy, until Smith drew back, when he did likewise.
We had lost in this collision about 4,000 men; the Rebels at least 3,000.
en., wounded at Fair Oaks, 148.
West Point, Va., fight at, 126-7.
West Virginia, operations in, 108; 140; 598.
Wharton, Gen., raids in Middle Tenn., 433.
Wheeler, Gen., wounded at Lavergne, 271; his attack a failure, 272; 280; 283; raids in East Tennessee, 433; at Chickamauga, 415.
Whitaker, Gen., at Chickamauga, 422.
White Oak Swamp, battle of, 160-1; bridge retaken, 170.
White, Gen. Julius, at Martinsburg and Harper's Ferry, 199.
White, Capt., at Vicksburg, 312.
Whiting, Gen., at Malvern Hill, 165.
Wickliffe, Hon. C. A., enlightened by Gen. Hunter, 515.
Wilcox, Gen. C. M. (Rebel), at Glendale, 163; at Hopewell Gap, 183.
wild, Gen., in North Carolina, 535.
Wilder, Col. J. T., surrenders to Bragg at Munfordsville, 216.
Wilderness, battle of the, 567 to 570.
Willard, Col., killed at Gettysburg, 388.
Williams, Gen. Thomas, in first attack on Vicksburg, 57-8; at Forts Jackson and St. Philip, 97; again at Vicksburg, 101 ; in command at Baton