cut almost perfectly sheltering the men, and behind an embankment forming equally good protection.
Hays' division, consisting of the brigades of Smyth, Carroll and Owen, held the center.
On his right was Webb's division, made up of Heath's and Mallon's brigades—Baxter not being present.
Caldwell's division was on Hays' left, but the Confederate front was not long enough to reach his position, and only his skirmishers were engaged.
Miles' brigade of Caldwell's division was supporting the artillery.
The Federal brigades most severely engaged were those of Heath, Mallon and Owen.
Against these two divisions the two North Carolina brigades, under the protest of General Cooke, gallantly advanced.
General Heth says of the Federal position: On seeing our advance, the enemy formed his line in rear of the railroad embankment, his right resting on Broad run and hidden by a railroad cut. In his rear, a line of hills ascended to some 30 or 40 feet in height, giving him an admirable posit