saw the position, and approved the attack, and directed Holmes to bring up his whole division to support the guns.
But no sooner did the six guns open than they were replied to by 30 of the heaviest rifles of the Federal Artillery Reserve, which, escorted by only about 1500 infantry under Fitz-John Porter, had just arrived on Malvern Heights to occupy the position.
The fierce fire of this great battery was quickly aided by the fire of heavy guns from the gunboats in the James— lying in Turkey Bend, and directing their fire by wigwag signals between their mastheads — and the Federals on the Heights.
The six guns were quickly wrecked.
Two caissons were exploded, and so many horses killed that the guns were with difficulty withdrawn.
No fire is so appalling to unseasoned troops as that of heavy artillery received in a thick wood where every shot cuts limbs and smashes trees around them, even though the actual damage from it may be trifling.
Holmes's whole division, concealed in th