's corps, came up to his support, determined again to advance and carry the woods to the right of and beyond the corn-field.
Going forward to reconnoiter on foot, Hooker
satisfied himself as to the nature of the ground, returned and remounted amid a shower of Rebel bullets, which he had all the morning disregarded; but the next moment a musket-ball went through his foot, inflicting a severe and intensely painful wound; which compelled him, after giving his orders fully and deliberately, to leave the field at 9 A. M. Sumner
, arriving at this moment, assumed command, sending forward Sedgwick
's division of his own corps to support Crawford
; while Richardson
, with his two remaining divisions, went forward farther to the left; Sedgwick
again advancing in line through the corn-field already won and lost.
But by this time McLaws
— who, by marching all night, had reached Shepherdstown
from Harper's Ferry
that morning, and instantly crossed — had been sent forward by Lee
to the aid of Jackson
; while Walker
's division had been hurried across from their as yet unassailed right.
's brigade was withdrawn from the front, while the fresh forces under Walker
advanced with desperate energy, seconded by Early
on their left.
was thrice badly wounded, and compelled to retire; Gens. Dana
were likewise wounded.
The 34th New York--which had broken at a critical moment, while attempting a maneuver under a terrible fire — was nearly cut to pieces; and the 15th Massachusetts, which went into action 600 strong, was speedily reduced to 134. Gen. Howard
, who took command of Sedgwick
's division, was unable to restore its formation, and Sumner
himself had no better success.
Again the center of our right gave back, and the corn-field was retaken by the enemy.
But the attempt of the Rebels
to advance beyond it, under the fire of our batteries, was repelled with heavy loss on their part; Col. Manning
, who led Walker
's own brigade, being severely wounded, and his brigade driven back.
, on our farther right, held firmly; and it seemed settled that, while either party could repel a charge on this part of the line, neither could afford to make one.
But now Franklin
had come up with his fresh corps, and formed on the left; Slocum
, commanding one of his divisions, was sent forward toward the center; while Smith
, with the other, was ordered to retake the ground that had been so long and so hotly contested.
It was no sooner said than done.
's regiments, cheering, went forward on a run, swept through the corn-field and the woods, cleared them in ten minutes, and held them.
Their rush was so sudden and unexpected that their loss was comparatively small; and the ground thus retaken was not again lost.
Nearer the center, French
's division of Sumner
's corps had attempted to carry the line of heights whereon the Rebels
were posted, and had made some progress, repulsing a countercharge and capturing a number of prisoners, with some flags.
Attempts successively to turn his right and then his left were foiled; but, after a bloody combat of four