the repulse of the enemy by Hoke
, after a sharp contest of half an hour, at short range.
Soon after the firing on the left ceased, a similar assault was made upon Stewart
, whose troops, like those on their left, had already constructed breastworks.
This attack was directed mainly against Stewart
's own corps, commanded by Loring
, and Clayton
's division, by which it was received as firmly and repelled as promptly as that just described had been by Hoke
was then directed to charge with the right wing-Stewart
's troops and Taliaferro
's division, as they faced-obliquely to the left; and General Bragg
to join in the movement with his brigades successively, from right to left, each making the necessary change of front to the left in advancing.
As it could be seen that the Federal
first line, except its right, which was hidden by woods, had thrown up intrenchments like our own, a body of troops was prepared to strike its flank, to lessen the danger of failure.
It was a needless precaution, however, for the result of the charge was not for five minutes doubtful.
The Confederates passed over three hundred yards of the space between the two lines in quick time, and in excellent order, and the remaining distance in double quick, without pausing to fire until their near approach had driven the enemy from the shelter of their intrenchments, in full retreat, to their second line.
After firing a few rounds, the Confederates
again pressed forward, and, when they were near the second intrenchment, now manned by both lines of Federal troops, Lieut.-Gen.