The Fifth North Carolina (Colonel McRae
) on clearing the wood with General Hill
, was, at its Colonel
's request, sent in support of the Twenty-Fourth Virginia, while the Twenty-Third North Carolina was brought into the wood, in front, to the support of the Thirty-Eighth Virginia.
The Sixth South Carolina, of Anderson
's brigade, from the redan, on the right, came forward at this time to join in the attack, and being joined by the Thirty Eighth Virginia, from the woods on the left, these two regiments were led by General Hill
to the support of the Fifth North Carolina and twenty-Fourth Virginia.
These regiments, however, had advanced so far that no support could be rendered, and their gallant charge met with bloody repulse.
Moving slowly through the mire and rain, in the face of a murderous fire, which killed or disabled General Early
and half of their field officers, the shattered lines traversed the half mile, and mounted the ridge behind which General Hancock
had formed a reserve line of sixteen hundred men. When the decimated ranks of the Confederates
were within thirty paces, this line suddenly arose and fired and charged.
A few of the Confederates
were killed with the beyonet, some were captured and the remainder driven back.
Seeing the result of the charge, General Hill
moved his two supporting regiments into the wood, under cover, and after collecting the wounded as far as practicable, withdrew his brigade.
Night now put an end to the conflict on all parts of the field.
The total loss in Longstreet
's division was one thousand six hundred and eleven.
In D. H. Hill
's division it amounted to about five hundred.
The Federal loss was two thousand two hundred and twenty eight.1
Immediately after dark Longstreet
began the withdrawal of his division, leaving D. H. Hill
The rain still fell, the night was cold, and the condition of the roads was such, that it really seemed impossible for man or horse to move over them.
The sufferings of that night will probably never be forgotten, either by the worn out brigades, who, after the long day's fight, waded and stumbled all night in the mud, or by those who, without fires, crouched along the lines until near daylight, and then set forth again on their march, or by the