exhibit in battle, were driven back, although formed in two lines, while the assailants were in but one.
Their commander called for aid, and, very soon after, reported his wing being driven-“a fact that was but too manifest by the rapid movement of the noise of battle towards the north.”
The attack was taken up by the brigades of Polk
's corps successively, from left to right, but they encountered a more determined resistance, and the success they obtained was won after an obstinate contest, and at the price of much blood.
When the right brigade of Polk
's corps had become fully engaged, the Federal
right and centre, except the left brigade,2
had been driven back in the manner intended.
They were succored by Rousseau
's and Van Cleve
's divisions, however, and rallied on a new line perpendicular to the original one; their left joining the right of the brigade that still held its first position.
The Confederate troops could make no impression upon this new and stronger line which was covered by a railroad-cut, and the contest ceased, except at the angle where the new and old lines met. The brigade there, with the aid of several batteries and the advantages of a strong position and an excellent commander,3
repelled the successive attacks of two detachments of two brigades each, drawn from the Confederate
The fight was not renewed.
On the 1st of January it was found that the position assailed and defended so bravely, the previous afternoon, had been abandoned by the Federals