on the western bank, and then moved rapidly on towards the Boydton
With the cavalry on his left, he had advanced as far as the bridge at Burgess's mill, and was making his preparations to force a passage, when he was halted by Meade
until connection could be opened with the Fifth corps.
, meanwhile, was still groping his way in the woods, feeling out to the left for the end of the enemy's line.
At half-past 10 Grant
were both at his Headquarters, and he was directed to send a division across Hatcher
's run below the bend, place its right on the run, and then move up, supporting Hancock
accordingly sent Crawford
's division across the run, and started himself to direct the movement, for he never evaded duty or danger.
The head of Crawford
's column crossed at 11.45 A. M., and formed line of battle, with its right resting on the creek.
But the denseness of the woods and the crookedness of the run caused great delay, as well as breaks in the line and frequent changes of direction.
There could be no guide to the movement but sound, and at one o'clock, the troops on the eastern bank were ordered to open fire, to show the position of the enemy's line.
also lost time, by mistaking a branch of the stream for the creek itself, and he found great difficulty in crossing the branch, on account of the fallen timber cut by the enemy.
His line of march had by this time led him into a very different position from that which he was expected to assume; the forest was of great extent; the men were losing themselves in all directions; and whole regiments, unable to find the remainder of the division, went astray.