enemy's line and colors could be seen about four hundred yards distant, with two guns in front of our right well advanced, apparently without much support.
On the extreme left front were guns covered by the railroad embankment.
A Confederate plan of the battle shows Bonaud
's battalion advanced, supported by the Nineteenth Georgia and Sixth Florida, all between the wagon-road and the railroad, while beyond the railroad to their right were two guns of Guerard
's battery and some cavalry.
Only the Fifty-fourth in the latter part of the action was on our left of the wagon-road in the battle-front.
Upon taking position the regiment received a steady but not severe musketry fire, with a flanking fire of shell from the artillery on our left front.
The horses of the field and staff had been sent to the rear.
mounted the stump of a tree some fifty feet in rear of his centre to oversee his men and the position.
After a time Companies D and B on the left were thrown back to present a better front and guard that flank.
While retiring from making report of this to Colonel Hallowell
, Acting Sergeant-Major Swails
On the extreme right, Lieutenant Homans
, an impetuous and brave officer, noticing the exposed position of the two pieces, sprang in front of his line, and shouting, ‘Now is a good opportunity; we'll try and take those guns!’
led his men forward; but he was soon ordered back into line.
In the centre, where Captain Bridge
was prominent, our companies were enduring an increased musketry fire from front and flank.
Sharpshooters were observed perched in the trees, but a few volleys brought them down.
We were sustaining casualties every moment; but most of the missiles passed overhead.