artillery, and had good promise that he would cut Meade
's line of movement.
Just then Ewell
's warning not to bring on a general engagement, and ordered Jones
to ‘fall slowly back, if pressed.’
Interpreting this as an order to fall back at once, Jones
began to withdraw the field pieces in his skirmish line, which Griffin
's division, of Warren
's corps, took for a retreat, and so pressed upon Jones
vigorously and drove his men back with the loss of their leader, who fell in trying to stem the tide of retreat.
promptly moved forward the brigades of Gordon
and Daniel, crushed Griffin
's victory disordered advance, and fell on the flank of the divisions of Crawford
These he routed, and captured four Federal guns and many prisoners.
closed up his corps front, with his left retired, through the forest, toward Wilderness run
, and extended his right with Sedgwick
's corps, through the woods to the westward, with its right retired toward Flat run
, thus covering Ewell
's front, which, as reformed, had Rodes
' division on the right of the old turnpike with Johnson
's on his left, followed by Early
, extending the line to and beyond Flat run
, where an open field furnished excellent positions for batteries, which were also placed along the cross road leading toward the Germanna
plank road, in and near the old turnpike, and at the cross road near Ewell
's right, whence A. P. Hill
extended his lines to the southward, still covering the position that belonged to Longstreet
These lines of contending forces were now near together, at the center less than 500 yards apart, and each (not the Confederate
alone, as Grant
unfairly states, repeatedly, in his messages and report) hastened to make its position strong with rude breastworks of logs and earth, and whatever other material active veterans could lay hands on.
now held the Fifth and Sixth Federal corps in check, in desultory engagement, and forced Meade
to hesitate in pressing an advance beyond Lee
's right, or rather his center, where Heth
had met and driven back Crawford
, leading Warren
to the southward.
pushed his advantage in driving Crawford
back along the plank road, met Getty
at the crossing of the Brock
road, and forced him to halt on the direct way to Richmond
, which Grant
, in his order of march on the morning of the 5th, expected his army to traverse, having already