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[165] that the entire Army of Virginia was present, engaged in or supporting the attack, and animated by a sanguine confidence that its results could differ only in being more decisive from those of the recent bloody conflicts. But much time was consumed in getting into position and bringing up the artillery necessary to respond to our heavy and well-placed batteries, so as to cover the advance of assaulting columns of infantry.

Jackson, at 3 P. M., pushed forward D. H. Hill's division on his right, and Whiting's on his left, with part of Ewell's in the center, holding his own division in reserve; Huger simultaneously advancing on their right, with Magruder's three divisions on his right, under general orders to break our lines by a concentric fire of artillery, and then “charge with a yell” on our entire front with columns of infantry, which, however torn and thinned by our fire, should rush right over our defenses, as they did in the final assault at Gaines's Mill, and drive our fugitive army into the James far more hurriedly than Porter's wing had been driven across the Chickahominy.

The infantry attack, after a brief cannonade, was made accordingly, and for the most part with great intrepidity; and, though the carnage was fearful, some ground was gained by Magruder on our left, where Kershaw's and Semmes's brigades, of MeLaws's division, charged through a dense wood, nearly up to our guns; as did those of Wright, Mahone, and Anderson, still farther to their right, and Barksdale, nearer to the center; while D. H. Hill, with Jackson's fore-most division, charged on Couch's and Griffin's divisions, holding our advance on the right. Being unsupported, however, by the general advance which had been ordered, Hill was hurled back with heavy loss, though Ewell's and Jackson's own divisions had meantime been sent forward to his aid; as A. P. Hill's division was brought up by Longstreet to the aid of Magruder.

Malvern Hill.

A Warren's brigade Porter's corps.
B Buchanan's brigade
C Chapman's brigade
D Griffin's brigade
E Martindale's brigade
F Butterfield's brigade
G Couch's div. Keyes's corps.
H Casey's div.
I Kearny's div. Heintzelman's corps.
J Hooker's div.
K Sedgwick's div. Sumner's corps.
L Richardson's div.
M Smith's div. Franklin's corps.
N Slocum's div.
O McCall's div.  
P Cavalry.    

Porter, with Sykes's and Morell's divisions, held our left, with Couch's

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