wide intervals at many places between regiments.
On Marye's Hill, two regiments, the 18th and 21st Miss., with six guns of the Washington Arty.
and two under Lt. Brown
's Bat., were distributed from the Plank
road to Hazel Creek
, about a half-mile.
had marched at midnight with a good moon, but his progress was slow, for the Confederate
pickets annoyed it. By daylight he was in Fredericksburg
, and his batteries from both banks of the river and from the edge of the town opened on the Confederates
had been informed by Hooker
that the Confederate
force left at Fredericksburg
was very small, and, without delay, he sent forward four regiments from Wheaton
's and Shaler
's brigades to charge the works in front of Marye's Hill.
It was sending a boy on a man's errand.
The Confederate infantry reserved its fire until the enemy were within 40 yards, when they opened and quickly drove them back.
A second assault was made, but with similar result.
was now convinced that a heavy force confronted him, and he waited for Gibbon
's division of the 2d corps.
This had just crossed from Falmouth
, and it made an effort upon the extreme Confederate left.
It proved futile on account of the canal along the front at that part of the field, which was defended by three regiments of Hays
's brigade of Early
's division, hurried there by Early
on seeing the enemy's preparations.
Soon afterward, Wilcox
's brigade came to the scene from Banks Ford, where it had been in observation on the 2d.
At dawn on the 3d, Wilcox
noted that the enemy's pickets on the north side were wearing haversacks, and correctly guessed that the forces opposite were leaving for Chancellorsville
He was preparing to march in the same direction, when a messenger brought word of the advance of Gibbon
Thereupon leaving a picket of 50 men and two guns in observation at Banks Ford, Wilcox
marched to Taylor's Hill
About 10 A. M., Gibbon
having reported that an attack on our extreme left was impracticable, and Howe
's division, making no progress east of Hazel Run
had no recourse but to renew his attack upon Marye's Hill by main force.
He accordingly prepared a much stronger assault than that of the morning.