the cavalry coming to the rear, reporting them advancing on that road also.
Reports of General Lee
's troops being on each of these two roads having been made, Crawford
was ordered to halt, and informed that Griffin
would attack on the old pike.
's Division, of the Sixth Corps, took position on the plank road.
The historian Swinton
states this to have been at 8.20 A. M. Hill
's two divisions were at least eight or nine miles from Parker
's store at this hour.
's Corps bivouacked the night of the 4th nearer the enemy than Hill
had, and, resuming the march early the morning of the 5th, were first to engage the Federals
He had marched eight or nine miles. When the head of his column passed a short distance beyond a road that left the old pike and lead to Germanna ford, the enemy was discovered to be in front.
's Division was formed in line to the left of the old pike, across the road running to Germanna ford, and was the first to receive the attack, made with such force and spirit that Johnson
's right brigade (General John M. Jones
) was forced back, and General Jones
and his aide, Lieutenant Early
, in endeavoring to restore order, were both killed.
's Brigade, of Rodes
' Division, on the right of Jones
' Brigade, shared a like fate.
' Brigade was believed by its division commander to have been forced back in consequence of the artillery having been changed in position or withdrawn without his knowledge.
The other brigades of Johnson
's Division held their ground.
's Division was ordered up, and Gordon
's Brigade of this, with Doles
', and Ramseur
's brigades of Rodes
on the right-advanced and drove the enemy back some distance.
, in the meantime, was fighting heavily and successfully.
Quite a number of prisoners and two pieces of artillery were captured.
After the Federals
had been driven back there was a pause in the fighting, when Hays
' Brigade of Early
's Division moved around to the extreme left of Johnson
's Division, in order to take part in the general forward movement; the brigade advanced, but, from oversight, was not supported, and was withdrawn.
's Brigade was ordered to the left of Hays
, and was assailed with vigor, but repulsed the enemy, inflicting heavy losses.
's Corps, Brigadier Generals John M. Jones
and Leroy A. Stafford
were killed, and Brigadier General John Pegram
The Federals had engaged Griffin
's and Wadsworth
's Divisions, supported by Robinson
's Division and McCandless
' Brigade, of Crawford
's Division-all of Fifth Corps.
's advance up the old pike was arrested, and the reported movement of the