lf, into an extensive thicket, which compelled the Southern troops to halt when otherwise they were not opposed.
Two hours after we were slightly attacked-by a reconnoitering party, probably; it was so easily repelled.
We made no other attack, but held our ground till after nightfall, to carry off our wounded.
Our army remained in line nearly parallel to the Goldsboroa road, to remove the wounded to Smithfield.
Its flanks were somewhat thrown back — the left only of cavalry skirmishers.
Butler's cavalry was observing the right Federal column; Wheeler's arrived from Averysboroa the evening of the 19th.
Mower's movement (see page 304) was made after three o'clock; for he had proceeded but a mile and a half when attacked and driven back, about half-past 4 o'clock, being then in rear of our centre where orders could not reach him. So the skirmishing mentioned on page 304 must have been very brief.
Our men, being intrenched, easily drove off the enemy.
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