R. H. Anderson
(who in person had supervised all the movements of the morning), was ordered to renew the charge upon the enemy's position.
Accordingly, about 1 P. M. the attack upon the enemy's left was recommenced by General Anderson
, with Wilcox
's and Pickett
's brigades, and the First Virginia regiment of A. P. Hill
(The remainder of A. P. Hill
's brigade had entirely expended its ammunition and was held in reserve, close behind the line), supported by Dearing
's battery and a section of McCarthy
's. The fighting which ensued was severe and prolonged, but resulted in a considerable advance of the Confederate
line, the capture of a Federal battery (which, however, could not be brought off on account of the mud and for lack of horses), and the silencing of every gun but one upon that part of the field.1
While matters were progressing thus upon the right, R. H. Anderson
's brigade under Colonel Jenkins
, with a portion of Pryor
's, supported by Stribling
's battery and Pelham
's horse-artillery, and the fire of Fort Magruder, made an attack upon the enemy's position in front of the fort, and drove him down the road in great confusion, capturing and securing five three-inch rifled guns of Webber
, thinking the enemy routed, moved the cavalry forward in pursuit, but was quickly checked by meeting Peck
's brigade of Couch
's division, which arrived, and was thrown forward at this time, and afterwards supported by Devon
's brigade of the same division.
These brigades drove back the pursuit, and in the course of the afternoon made some attempts to capture Pelham
's and Stribling
's batteries, at one time charging to within a hundred and fifty yards of them.
They were, however, driven back into the woods, and the fighting on this portion of the line became a duel, which gradually died out as night came on.
About 3 o'clock the division of General D. H. Hill
arrived upon the field, and the second Florida regiment (under Colonel G. V. Ward
, who was killed as he led his regiment in,) and a Mississippi battalion from this division were sent with Colston
's brigade to relieve the right wing under Anderson
, which had now exhausted its ammunition.
It happened at this same time that Hooker
's division was relieved by the arrival of Kearney
, who at once threw forward his three brigades (Jameson
's and Berry
's,) and a fierce fight ensued between these fresh troops.
made several attempts to dislodge his opponent, and by dint of superior numbers had at length regained a