enemy; and all in good spirits, notwithstanding the heavy odds known to be against them.
Early in the morning of the 5th, Gregg
's cavalry was ordered toward Hamilton
's crossing, and the Second Corps moved toward Shady Grove
, its right reaching out in the direction of the Fifth Corps, under orders for Parker
's store, on the plank road.
's (Fifth) Corps moved toward this store, extending his right out in the direction of Sedgwick
, at or near the old Wilderness tavern, to which place he was to move as soon as the road was free of other troops.
With such orders, it was clear that no immediate encounter with the Confederates
was anticipated; their flank being turned, it was probably believed, as before stated, that they would fall back toward Richmond
The different columns of the Union
army began to move as ordered.
was nearest the Confederates
, but he was ignorant of their close proximity; for the cavalry, that had been ordered forward on the old pike the preceding afternoon to observe the approach of the enemy in that direction, had, late in the evening, been recalled, and sent on a scout up the plank road as far as Parker
This store was near ten miles from Vidierville.
The Confederates were on the march quite as early the morning of the 5th-Ewell
on the old pike, Hill
continuing on the plank road, Johnson
's Division leading the advance, with Ewell
's Division leading with Hill
's troops had advanced beyond Mine run
some miles, when several shots were heard far to the right, and soon after others directly in front.
This firing was repeated, and at times in vivacity almost equal to an active infantry skirmish.
That on the right was believed to be between the cavalry of the two armies on or near the Catharpin
road, while that in front was between Kirkland
's Brigade, of Heth
's Division, and the enemy's cavalry, mostly dismounted.
The fire in front occasioned but little delay.
A few of the enemy's dead and wounded were seen on the roadside as the troops moved on. Near Parker
's store, the flank of the column was struck by a small body of cavalry.
They disappeared at once in a dense thicket; but a regiment (Thirty-eighth North Carolina, Colonel Ashford
) of Scales
' Brigade, Wilcox
's Division, remained at this point until the wagons had passed.
, to guard Sedgwick
's right flank, and at the same time for his own protection as he moved from Germanna ford, ordered Griffin
's Division forward on the old pike, while the remainder of the corps, with Crawford
's Division leading, moved on a neighborhood road toward Parkers store
It was not long before Griffin
met the Confederates
; and as Crawford
approached the plank road, he met