promptly into position and soon drove back Franklin
's artillery, when Jackson
attempted to force the passage of the swamp; but Franklin
successfully resisted this with his more numerous muskets aiding his artillery and with two brigades that were sent to his assistance from Sedgwick
's division, giving him 25,000 men to meet Jackson
, seeing that the odds were too great and that he could not get at his enemy at a single point, desisted from making a further attack; but he continued to keep Franklin
's position warm with his artillery..
It was 3 o'clock in the afternoon before Huger
opened his artillery on Slocum
, on the Charles City
road, only to find his antagonist thoroughly guarded behind broad belts of fallen trees across swampy ground, so he desisted from attack.
, in person, directed Longstreet
into battle about 4 p. m., with less than 20,000 men, along the New Market
road toward Charles City Court House, or the Glendale farm
, against double his numbers holding McClellan
had charge of the contest His advance was through fallen timber, tangled underbrush, and hummocky ground on his left, while on his right the head swamp of the western branch of Turkey run
was between him and the Federal
Eager for the fray, Longstreet
's men rushed forward, overcame all obstacles, and fell upon McCall
's left with such a blow that his men fled, in panic, backward through Hooker
's line of battle in their rear.
The rush against Kearny
's left was not successful, for he not only had Slocum
's aid but two brigades from Franklin
's left, while Hooker
's victorious flank.
A. P. Hill
moved rapidly to Longstreet
's assistance, but the Confederates
were only able to hold the ground they had won from McCall
, having captured that leader and fourteen of his field guns.
While this Frayser
battle was raging, Holmes
, with his 6,000 men and a six-gun battery on the River
road, crossed the western branch of Turkey Island creek
and was crossing Malvern ridge toward Turkey Island bridge, when Warren
, with 30 guns and 1,500 men, assisted by the gunboats in the James
, which had an enfiladed fire on Holmes
' line, drove him back.
' call, Magruder
was turned from near Longstreet
's battlefield to Malvern hill
, to take part in the conflict there pending; but that was over before he arrived.