As General Wilcox
entered the tent, General Lee
remarked that he had made a complimentary report of the conduct of the two divisions on the plank road, and that he had received a note (holding it in his hand) from General Anderson
, stating that he would bivouac at Vidierville for the night; but, he continued, “he has been instructed to move forward; he and Longstreet
will be up, and the two divisions that have been so actively engaged will be relieved before day.”
, hearing this, made no suggestions about the line, as he was to be relieved before day. The failure to rearrange his line and the delay in the arrival of the three rear divisions, was near proving fatal to the Confederates
By ten P. M. all was quiet; occasionally a man that had been sent to the rear on some errand, would be seen returning to the front.
It seemed almost impossible to realize that so fierce a battle had been fought and terminating only two hours before, or that so many armed men were lying almost within reach,1
ready to spring forward at early dawn to renew the bloody work.
The night was clear and cloudless, but with the tall forest trees and thick underwood nothing could be seen save the road along which the wounded were now no longer borne.
A line had been determined in the early hours of the night on which it would be suggested the newly arrived troops should form; but twelve, two, three o'clock came, and half-past 3, and no reinforcements.
An order was then sent to the rear for the pioneers to come to the front with axes, spades, etc., to fell trees and construct works.
It was daylight before they came, and the enemy was found to be too close to permit their use. Clear daylight had come, but no reinforcing divisions.
The struggle was renewed early in the morning of the 6th by Ewell
striking the enemy on his extreme right flank (Seymour
's Brigade), and involving the whole of the right two divisions, Wright
's and Rickett
's, of the Sixth Corps.
This attack was followed soon by Hancock
advancing a heavy force on the plank road.
On this the Confederates
were in no condition either to advance or resist an attack.
, in front, was in an irregular and broken line; Heth
's men had slept closer in rear, without regard to order.
The corps commander had informed General Heth
that the two divisions would be relieved before day,