arms of Hill
The 6,000 veterans of Richardson
's division, of Sumner
's corps, now approached Hill
's left, along the crest of the ridge above it. At this same hour of 11, Lee
, who was eagerly watching his center, hurried R. H. Anderson
's 3,500 to Hill
's aid. These he hastened to reinforce his right, but at right angles to it and extending from the bloody lane southward toward the Piper house
From his position, across this partly sunken road, Richardson
secured an enfilade fire on Hill
's men in that road and played havoc with his line.
Taking advantage of the confusion he had wrought, Richardson
pressed forward, put the Confederates
to flight and forced them back to the defensive fences along the Hagerstown
road and to the shelter of the numerous buildings of the Piper farm
soon rallied his men, brought up his batteries, and drove Richardson
back to the cover of the bloody lane.
At this juncture Franklin
's corps moved into the position that had first been taken by Hooker
and afterward by Mansfield
, and sought to try a third issue with Jackson
on the left.
An artillery battle first took place, then Irwin
's brigade rushed in a charge against the West
woods, at the Dunker church, but Jackson
's volleys promptly sent this attack in confusion to the rear.
Intent upon the battle from his overlooking position in the center, Lee
, when he saw the partial success of Richardson
's movement against Hill
in his left center, promptly ordered Jackson
to make counterstroke against the Federal
right, in which Walker
was to join by charging across from the front of the Dunker church.
was hastening to obey, and Stuart
's guns were moved out to see what impression could be made upon the great park of artillery in the Poffenberger field; Stuart
intending to lead Jackson
's movement with his cavalry by moving up the east bank of the Potomac
It was soon found that the Federal
position was too strong to be attacked with any certainty of success; but Lee
's left and center, just after the turn of the day, stood defiant in its chosen line of defense and ready to meet any forward movement McClellan
might again order; but he was content, from the lessons of the forenoon, to merely hold the positions of his right without further advances.
Through all the long forenoon Toombs
, with his 600 men, dominated the Burnside bridge