afforded ample time for Anderson
to arrive, and for Longstreet
to form, and when Hancock
renewed the advance, he was repulsed.
It was about nine A. M. when the advance was resumed, according to Mr. Swinton
meet a bitter opposition, and, although furious fighting took place, he gained nothing.”
After this checking of Hancock
, there was a lull in the contest for an hour or more; when, a little after twelve M., Longstreet
moved forward, attacked Hancock
's left, and drove it back (Mott
's Division and a brigade of another division) in the wildest confusion.
The whole line, as far as the plank road, was forced back, and re-formed on the line from which it had advanced in the morning.
In this fight General Wadsworth
was mortally wounded.
He lived two or three days. On the right of the road, the Confederate
left, General Longstreet
was severely wounded, and Brigadier General Jenkins
killed-these two by our own fire on the right of the road.
There was now a suspension of hostilities till four P. M., when the Confederates
advanced again-this time against Hancock
in his first position of the morning.
His left was driven back, and his intrenchments carried, the troops forced from them retiring in great disorder toward Chancellorsville
The Confederates were much disintegrated and too weak to hold what had been gained, and were driven out. The contest now ended on the plank road, the two lines being (on the plank road) where each was when the battle began.
Nothing had been gained by the enemy; his losses had far exceeded those of the Confederates The
battle of the 6th closed with Ewell
making a second attack on the right flank and rear of the Union
This was made by Gordon
's Brigade, of Early
's Division, and Johnson
's Brigade, of Rodes
These brigades, Gordon
's leading, struck the Federals
's Division) on its right flank, doubling it up and causing great confusion.
At the same time, Pegram
's Brigade, of Early
's Division, advanced and attacked in front.
A large number of prisoners were captured; among these were two general officers
This ended the struggle of the day. On this flank it had commenced, as has been seen, early in the morning; but the main battle on the 5th was on the plank road.
With the Confederates
, there were more troops engaged on the plank road (Kershaw
's, Fields', and Anderson
's divisions) on the 6th, and less on the old pike.
It was the same with the Federals
On the Union
side, early in the morning, on the plank road, there was the same force as on the previous evening; but after Wilcox
was forced back, Getty
's Division was held in the rear, and Stephenson
's Division, of the Ninth Corps, thrown forward.
's Brigade, of the