brigades, dismounted, to give way also, and their position was at once taken.
The left, the centre, and the right centre of our line was thus advanced, while the right still rested on the woods on the crossroad, and the Sixth Michigan went into position along Little's Run
, on the left rear of Treichel
's and Rogers
' squadrons, occupying the space thus opened, at the same extending to the left so as to cover the Bonaughtown road.
's Battery of six guns, upon arriving on the ground, went into position on the side of the Bonaughtown road, a short distance west of the Spangler house
, and about two hundred and fifty yards to the left and rear of Chester
Between the two Randol
placed his second section, under Lieutenant Kinney
, of the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery, an officer of the Reserve Artillery staff, who had volunteered to serve with the battery.
By the accuracy of their firing and superior range, Randol
's guns soon silenced the enemy's battery on the crest beyond Rummel
's, near the cross-road, and Pennington
's, some guns in position more to our left.
When the ammunition of the First New Jersey and Third Pennsylvania was becoming exhausted, the Fifth Michigan, armed with Spencer
repeating carbines, was ordered to relieve them, and moved up, dismounted, to the front, along a fence which intersected the field lengthwise running at right angles to the skirmish line.
The left came up the line occupied by Treichel
's and Rodgers
' squadrons of the Third Pennsylvania, behind a fence which was slightly retired from that occupied by the First New Jersey; but before the right could reach the more advanced fence occupied by the First New Jersey, a dismounted regiment from W. H. F. Lee
's Brigade advanced in line to the support of the enemy's skirmishers, who were about to be cut off by the detachment sent out from Rummel
's, and made a terrific onslaught along the line.
Treichels and Rogers
' squadrons of the Third Pennsylvania, and that portion of the Fifth Michigan which had reached their line, held the ground stubbornly.
After a while, when the fire had slackened, Treichel
, who had been ordered to retire when the Fifth Michigan came up, endeavored to withdraw their men. The enemy, believing it a symptom of retreat, advanced.
The Third Pennsylvanians came back upon the line, and again and again this was repeated.
The First New Jersey remained at the line of fences until the last cartridge was used and the last pistol emptied, and then fell back upon the supports in the woods.
This movement was taken advantage of by the enemy, and the First Virginia was at once ordered forward for a mounted charge upon our right centre.
As it was