he said: ‘If the enemy can be broken and started, follow him up closely.
I can't help believing that the enemy are prepared to leave Petersburg
, if forced a little.’
Later in the afternoon, Parke
, moving on Warren
's left, towards the Boydtown
road, was fiercely attacked, and forced back with heavy loss; but Warren
sent a division promptly to his support, and the Ninth corps rallied.
For a time the fighting was severe, but the rebels were finally repulsed, losing heavily in their turn.
The position carried in the morning was held, and Warren
entrenched himself, and extended his right to the Weldon
also was assaulted, at Fort Harrison
, three times during the afternoon.
The loss of this work troubled the rebels greatly, for it commanded the shortest road to Richmond
Four divisions were hurried to the spot, Lee
was present in person, and the troops were told the fort must be re-taken at every hazard.
Their efforts were desperate, but each assault was repulsed, and Butler
retained possession of his prize.
The rebel loss was estimated at nearly one thousand killed and wounded,2
reported the capture of more than two hundred prisoners. His own losses were insignificant.
Thus, at each end of his line Lee
made energetic efforts to regain what he had lost, and at each he was foiled.
Nevertheless, the rebels had made a good fight, and it was difficult to know at what point they were