His first call on McClellan
for reenforcements likewise miscarried.
His next was made at 2 P. M.; when Slocum
's division, of the 6th corps, was ordered to his support, arriving on the field at 3:30, after our position had been assailed in force at every point, and after McCall
's division had been ordered up to support our sorely pressed front.
So urgent and instant was the pressure, that Slocum
's division had to be divided and sent by brigades, and even regiments, to the points where the need of aid seemed greatest; B artlett's brigade going to the help of Sykes
on our right, while a portion of Newton
's was sent in between Morell
Bartlett's brigade of Slocum's division.
Franklin's corps in reserve; Taylor's and Newton's brigades being distributed on weak points of the line.
First line was held as shown, from noon to 8 P. M., when the Reserves were moved up to sustain it. Gen. Slocum's division arrived about 8 1/2 P. M. The whole line retired to the high ground in the rear about 7 P. M. |
, with one brigade of McCall
's Pennsylvania Reserves, having reached the front and repelled the enemy immediately before him, hearing the noise of a terrific contest on his left, moved immediately to the point where his assistance seemed necessary.
And thus the battle raged for hours; repeated charges on our lines being repulsed; but fresh brigades advancing promptly to replace those which had been hurled back, until our wasted regiments, having exhausted their ammunition, were obliged to retire and replenish it.
At 5 P. M., Porter
, though he had