elop more fully the enemy's plan of battle.
The reader must picture to himself Wheat's immortal battalion (the Louisiana) and a few other troops still engaged withriver — to Stone Bridge, his object being to disperse the little force under Major Wheat, and allow Tyler's division to cross.
Heintzelman was, in some degree, baffrear, leaving sufficient force at the bridge to occupy our small force under Major Wheat.
On the left the fight up to this time had been desperate.
The attack oof the opposing artillery made fearful havoc.
It will be remembered that Major Wheat's Louisiana battalion were left sole defenders of the bridge itself.
Althou Stone Bridge, and crossed a few hundred yards higher up, as related above; and Wheat was sent to prevent their junction with the other forces on the same side.
As the majority of Wheat's command were Louisiana Irish, they robbed the dead of their whisky, and were in high spirits when ordered to assail Sherman and Keyes.