as consisting of D. H. Hill
's division and two brigades and two regiments of Longstreet
's, a total of 14,600.
The Federal losses were 5,031 and the Confederate
4,798; figures showing that this contest was a stubborn one on both sides.
sums up the day's business thus: ‘Two lines of intrenchments were attacked and carried; six pieces of artillery and several thousand small-arms were captured and the enemy was forced back, by night, to his third line of intrenchments, a mile and a half from the point of its opening.’
The second day of the Fair Oaks
battle found Confederate troops under a new commander, by no means in accord with his subordinates.
Gen. G. W. Smith
wished to leave the left wing in position to meet any movement of Federals from north of the Chickahominy
, while Longstreet
was to push forward as the left of the main attack and D. H. Hill
as the right.
soon discovered that the enemy along the railroad had been strongly reinforced and instead of attacking he withdrew his advanced brigades to the position from which he had driven Casey
the day before.
While thus engaged the Federal
To check these, Pickett
was ordered to attack, and a severe struggle ensued, which lasted for an hour and a half.
The Federal line was again reinforced, and in the subsequent struggle Armistead
's brigade, on Pickett
's left, gave way and retreated in disorder, leaving Pickett
to bear the brunt of the battle, which he did stubbornly and successfully, the Federals
in his front not making a countercharge.
At the same time Wilcox
, on Pickett
's right, but concealed from him by a wood, were actively engaged with Hooker
's troops, which boldly pushed into the woods held by the Confederates
, and engaged them in a lively fight just at the time when Hill
's order came directing Wilcox
to retire to the line in his rear.
This he did, but Hooker
did not follow him; Pickett
, thus left alone, asked for supports.
was sent to his left and Mahone
to his right, and once more there was an hour of fierce contention without special advantage to either side, when the fighting ceased and Pickett
removed his wounded, and at about 1 p. m. retired in good order, unmolested, from the field of carnage.
During this haphazard fighting Smith
did nothing on the left, fearing to provoke McClellan
to move across the Chickahominy
in force to the assistance of his three