against every effort until night, when the contest closed.’
During the night of the 5th, Hill
's and Ewell
's men held the lines from which they had fought during the day. Lee
to make a night march, which he began at 1 a. m., expecting to have him in position, on his right, by daylight of the 6th, to help in an aggressive fight which he proposed to make at the dawn of day, advancing his entire battle line against Grant
opened this battle, at 5 in the morning, by attacking Warren
The engagement quickly extended to Lee
's right, against which Hancock
made prompt advance, again assaulting Hill
's weak line (that Lee
had expected to replace with Longstreet
, before daylight), but which he could not force from its position.
moved against Hill
's left flank, at the same time that Hancock
developed a large force around his right.
Thus flanked, Hill
was forced from the field, stubbornly fighting as he fell back to just behind Poague
's artillery, which defiantly held the broad highway, and checked Hancock
with canister and grape at short range.
Near these guns Lee
watched his broken right, which had courageously endured an hour of unequal contention, saying, again and again, to his surrounding staff, ‘Why does not Longstreet
One division of Burnside
's corps crossed Germanna ford on the morning of the 5th, and another on the morning of the 6th.
ordered these fresh troops to make attack on Lee
's center, while Warren
assaulted the right and Hancock
's men strengthened their line, during the night of the 5th, with breastworks, and planted batteries all along it, and so were able to drive back the Federal
assaults with heavy losses.
's guns, on the plank road, were able to give check to Hancock
's advance, until Longstreet
's corps, in double column, and well closed up, came down the plank road at a double-quick, Field
's division on the left and Kershaw
's on the right.
caught sight of these long-expected reinforcements and rode to meet them.
‘What boys are these?’
he asked, as he met the head of the column under Field
The word passed, as by electric flash, and the quick reply came, from the men of Hood
, who had led many a brave assault, ‘Texas
When the voice of the great leader clearly rang out, ‘My Texas
boys, you must ’