being served, Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper
moved his men to the left of the road and attempted to enter the wood by company front.
Vines and underbrush, however, offered so great obstructions that at last, pushing on ahead, the men followed him as best they could.
He formed line not far from the road on wooded ground sloping to the creek, through the middle of which ran a fence.
There the men were ordered to lie down, to avoid the enemy's fire, which at times was sharp, and to which they were directed not to reply, but husband their ammunition.
Firing came in their direction too from the rear, and as it was found to proceed from the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh New York, stationed behind and somewhat to the left, Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper
sent word of our position, and it was discontinued.
Hugging the ground, although the firing in front swelled out at times into volleys, we suffered comparatively little.
The whole left was paralyzed, in the position occupied, throughout the action.
Such was the nature of the ground that it could have easily been held with a smaller force, and a part of the troops been spared for more enterprising work on the flanks.
Meanwhile at the Coosawhatchie
cross-road the wisdom of having that point guarded was demonstrated.
's account is,—
‘I immediately threw out one company (K) under Leonard on the Coosawhatchie road as skirmishers, and with the others threw up a barricade across the road.
Soon Leonard reported a body of cavalry coming down the road, and at the same time a naval ensign with two boat howitzers manned by sailors reported to me, sent back by Hatch from the main force.
I was very glad to see them, and at once sent word to Leonard to fall back as fast as the Rebel cavalry advanced.
This he did; and ’