during the night, the noise of his axes had been heard felling trees and building breastworks of logs, and this work was kept up until the Federal
left, under Thomas
, occupied a veritable citadel, from which assaults by infantry alone could scarcely dislodge him.
His divisions were in the following order from left to right: Baird
of the 14th corps, Johnson
of the 20th, Palmer
of the 21st, Reynolds
of the 14th.
These divisions occupied the breastworks above described, which ran north and south and were terminated at each end by wings extending well to the rear.
Next on the right was Brannan
's division of the 14th, and then Negley
's, of the same.
Then came Sheridan
of the 20th, and then Wood
and Van Cleve
of the 21st in reserve.
At 9.30 A. M., Breckenridge
moved to the attack and was soon followed by Cleburne
These two divisions were unfortunately placed in a single line and without any supports in the rear.
They advanced in the following order from right to left: Adams
The two right brigades of Adams
were found to entirely overlap the enemy's line, and they pushed on slowly, and gradually swung to the left and came into collision with the retired portion of the enemy's line.
Meanwhile, the centre of Helm
's brigade had struck the enemy's fortified line, and, after a severe fight in which Helm
was killed, it was repulsed.
The brigades of Adams
were now entirely isolated, but maintained their aggressive until Adams
was himself wounded and captured, when they were withdrawn, and the three brigades cut no further figure in the battle until late in the afternoon.
's division been behind this division in support, or even had their advance been simultaneous, there might have been a different story to tell.
Its three brigades — Polk
, and Deshler
— were also in single line and advanced a little after the repulse of Helm
and the right flank of Wood
's met the same fire which had repulsed Helm
advanced farther before they received it, but they were all driven back with heavy losses, which included Deshler
The contest was kept up for a long time, and was reenforced by the five brigades of Walker
's division, who were brought up from the rear and put in at