mpting to advance, Franklin was met by the Confederate division of Whiting, whose presence, and a spirited attack of Hood's Texas brigade, seetached a division from the force around Richmond (the division of Whiting) and sent it to join Jackson.
This was done ostentatiously, and i would be justified by the Confederate official reports.
Thus General Whiting says: Men were leaving the field in every direction and in greed the height on the left by an impetuous rush of Longstreet's and Whiting's divisions, capturing fourteen pieces of artillery; and the Uniondescription of the decisive charge by Hood's and Law's brigades of Whiting's division, which resulted in carrying the fortified crest on the his line with Jackson's divisions
Divisions of Jackson, Ewell, Whiting, and D. H. Hill. on the left, and those under Magruder and Huger oem was made; so that when Hill went forward, it was alone. Neither Whiting on the left, nor Magruder or Huger on the right, moved forward an
rear of the Union line by the unguarded interval on its right flank.
To make his stroke still more sure, the Confederate commander, while moving up with his main force from Petersburg to Butler's front, had left one of his divisions, under General Whiting, in position at a point on the Petersburg and Richmond Railroad, a considerable distance to the rear of the left of Butler's force.
To this division was assigned the duty of moving directly forward simultaneously with the attack in front, assing on Smith's front, Gillmore's corps on the left had been less engaged.
His right, indeed, felt the shock of the same attacks that were made upon Smith, but his left was entirely unassailed.
This was due to the inexplicable inaction of General Whiting, whose position threatened directly the main line of retreat by the turnpike.
Beauregard's instructions to him to attack were entirely disobeyed, and he made no motion whatever.
In this condition of affairs it would have been fortunate had