skirmishers supported by five or six regiments of infantry, covered by abatis.
The ardor and greatly superior numbers of the Confederates
soon overcame their resistance, and drove them back to the main position of the first line of Keyes
It occupied a line of rifle-pits, strengthened by a redoubt, and covered by abatis.
Here the resistance was obstinate; for the Federal
troops, commanded by an officer of tried courage, fought as soldiers usually do under good leaders, and time and vigorous efforts were required to drive them from their position.
But the resolution of Garland
's and George B. Anderson
's brigades, that pressed forward on the left through an open field, under a destructive fire; the admirable service of Carter
's and Bondurant
's batteries, and a skillfully combined attack upon the Federal
left, under General Hill
's direction, by Rodes
's brigade in front, and that of Rains
in flank, were finally successful, and the enemy abandoned their intrenchments.
Just then reinforcements were received from their second line, and they turned to recover their lost position.
But to no purpose — they were driven back, fighting, upon their second line-Couch
's division at Seven Pines
's brigade, transferred by Longstreet
to the first line, after the capture of Casey
's position, bore a prominent part in the last contest.
's corps, united in this second position, was assailed with such spirit by the Confederate
troops that, although reenforced by Kearney
's division of Heintzelman
's corps, it was broken, divided, and driven from its ground — the greater part along the