on one wing and then the other; and this proved the more successful maneuver.
It was evident that the Rebels
, in their perfect knowledge of the country, and in the facility of moving their forces from left to right and back again in the rear of their defenses and fighting line, thus thoroughly screened from observation on our part, possessed advantages fully counterbalancing their deficiency in numbers.
On our left, Gen. Hancock
had moved out, at 5 A. M., and had pushed forward, fighting, crowding back Hill
and taking many prisoners, nearly two miles, across the Brock
road, on his way to Parker
Here he was stopped by the arrival of Longstreet
; Who, after a brief lull, charged in turn, throwing our front into confusion, and requiring the presence of part of Burnside
's men to restore and steady it; when Longstreet
in turn was pressed back, falling severely wounded — it was said by a fire from his own men. Again a desperate attack by the enemy bore back the front of the 2d corps to its intrenched line and abatis along the Brock
road; near which, but farther to the right, Gen. James S. Wadsworth
, gallantly struggling to stem the adverse tide, was shot through the head and mortally wounded; as Gen. Alex. Hays
had been the day before.
But, another lull now occurring, our front was straightened and strengthened ; Gen. Burnside
's corps having been thrown in between Hancock
, so as to give our line the full strength of our infantry.
Hardly had this been done when the now united corps of Hill
fell furiously upon our left and left center, pushing them back, and, striking heavily on Stevenson
's division of Burnside
's corps, drove it back and rushed through the gap. Hancock
promptly sent Col. Carroll
, with the 3d brigade of his 2d division, to strike the advancing foe in flank, which was admirably done: the enemy being driven back with heavy loss, and our troops regaining their former position.
Thus ended the battle on our left; but, the enemy, massing swiftly and heavily on our rig t, after our Generals
supposed the day's fighting over,struck again, under Gordon
, just before dark, at that flank ; surprising and routing Truman Seymour
's and then Shaler
's brigade, taking nearly 4,000 prisoners, including Seymour
For a moment, it seemed that our army, or at least its right wing, was exposed to rout; but Gen. Sedgwick
exerted himself to restore his lines, and succeeded: the enemy making off with most of their prisoners in triumph.
In fact, this charge had been made at so late an hour that no farther success than was achieved could wisely have been aimed at. Our army rested, after the second day's bloody struggle, substantially on the ground held by it at the beginning.
Early next morning, some guns (which had( just been posted on our right) opened; but there was no reply; then our skirmishers advanced, but were met by skirmishers only; and it was soon evident that Lee
had intrenched his whole front, and was willing to receive an attack behind his works, but not inclined to advance again and make one.
And, as fighting in this labyrinth was nowise Grant
's choice, but Lee
's wholly, and as the latter did not invite a persistence in it, Grant
resolved to resume