of the 12 brigades now in his column, had formed in two lines of battle, and one of the remaining four in a third line.
, though now unopposed in front, had brought up Whipple
's division of his own corps, and, having asked for reenforcements, had also received Barlow
's brigade from the right flank of the 11th corps, Williams
's division of the 12th corps, and three regiments of cavalry and some horse artillery under Pleasonton
's brigade held the left flank of Lee
's line of battle in Hooker
's front, while Jackson
conducted the flanking movement.
had a strong force of skirmishers in front, which became hotly engaged with the left flank of Sickles
's advance, when it engaged Jackson
While bringing up their reinforcements, the Federals
made several efforts to carry Posey
's position, but were always repulsed.
then planned to outflank and surround it, but he had been so slow that, before he was ready to act, Jackson
had attacked, and Sickles
was hastily recalled.
Otherwise there might have been a strange spectacle.
might have routed Anderson
at the same time that Jackson
was routing Howard
For he was on Anderson
's flank with over 20,000 infantry, a brigade of cavalry, and some horse artillery.
He wandered off, however, to the south and west, for miles, where there was no enemy before him.
Along the front of Lee
's line the six brigades present of Anderson
's and McLaws
's divisions, aided by their artillery, had spent the day in more or less active skirmishing and cannonading with the enemy.
Where the enemy showed a disposition to advance, the Confederates
were well satisfied to lie quiet and repel them, as on the left in front of Posey
But on the Confederate
right the Federal
skirmish-line, under Col. Miles
, being strongly posted and showing no disposition to advance, it was wise to be moderately aggressive and keep the enemy in hopes of an attack.
did this handsomely throughout the day, though the threat of Sickles
's movements caused Lee
to draw his troops to his left, and reduce his right to less than a full line.
About 6 P. M., the sun being then about one hour high, Jackson
gave the signal to Rodes
to move forward.
His brigades were in the following order from left to right: Iverson