second charge of the 121st.
's account of the battle verifies this statement.
He says: “Anderson
crossed Sailor's Creek
, closely followed by Ewell
marched he found Merritt
's cavalry square across his route.
, who was close upon Ewell
, waited for the arrival of the 6th Corps.
deployed his divisions, Kershaw
on the right, G. W. C. Lee
on the left.
Their plan was that Anderson
should attack and open the way while Ewell
defended the rear.
's corps came up. Humphreys
had matured his plan, and the attack of Anderson
hastened that of the enemy upon the Confederate
had some success at first, and Ewell
received the assaults with resolute coolness, and at one moment pushed his fight to aggressive return, but the enemy, finding that there was no artillery with the Confederates
, dashed their batteries into closer range, putting in artillery and infantry fire, front and flank, until the Confederate
rear was crushed to fragments.
surrendered, as did also General G. W. C. Lee
. General Kershaw
advised such of his men as could to make their escape, and surrendered with his division.
got away with the greater part of B. R. Johnson
's division and Pickett
with 600 men. Generals Corse
and others of Pickett
's division men were captured.
About 200 of Kershaw
's men got away.”
being informed of this disaster rode back, with a portion of Mahone
's division and when he saw the confusion of the retreating Confederates, he exclaimed, “My God, has my army dissolved?”
The effort of Ewell
to push “his fight to an aggressive return” was the fierce attack on the 37th Massachusetts, which was defeated by the flank attack of the 121st, by the right half wheel under the direction of Colonel Olcott