that he had called back from the retreat.
This enabled him to hold his position near Fort Magruder until nightfall, keeping Hooker
was thus engaged, Sumner
had been reconnoitering the Confederate
left, and between 10 and 11 of the morning he ordered Hancock
to make an attack in that direction, thinking he could thus relieve Hooker
and flank Longstreet
out of his position.
's advance occupied some abandoned Confederate redoubts on the Confederate
left about midday, and then awaited the arrival of reinforcements, in the meantime cautiously advancing and occupying the second redoubt, which brought him within range of the Confederate
At about this time Longstreet
, seeing that his trains could not make good their retreat before night, recalled D. H. Hill
's division, which was in the rear of Johnston
's retreat, and about the middle of the afternoon he put that in position on his left, facing Hancock
, except two regiments, with which he reinforced the columns of assault on his right, under Anderson
In front of the cleared space which Hancock
occupied was a dense forest, which screened his line from view.
His artillery, firing from the redoubt he occupied, was damaging Anderson
This and other things induced D. H. Hill
to seek and obtain from Longstreet
permission to attack Hancock
, and attempt to drive him from the field.
About 5 o'clock he advanced with his two North Carolina regiments and two Virginia
regiments of Early
's brigade, himself taking charge of the right and Early
of the left.
The movement was badly made, the line having been broken into fragments in advancing through the dense forest.
repulsed this bold attack with much slaughter, but did not follow in pursuit, and Hill
reformed on Anderson
Late in the day McClellan
himself came up and ordered reinforcements for Hancock
and a renewal of his attack, but it was too late for that to be done.
A cold and rainy night followed the stormy day, and both armies were only too willing to cease from strife and find what rest they could in their wet and muddy bivouacs.
's loss was 1,560 from a probable force of 12,000 engaged, and McClellan
's 2,283 from an attacking force of 15,000.
The profitable results of this Williamsburg
battle were on Longstreet
He had held all his positions for