mill, thence by the south bank of Hatcher
's creek to the point above named.
No attack was made during the day further than to drive pickets and the cavalry inside the main works.
Our casualties have been light, probably less than two hundred, killed, wounded, and missing.
The same is probably true with the enemy. .. On our right General Butler
extended well around towards the Yorktown
road, without finding a point unguarded.
I shall keep our troops out where they are until towards noon to-morrow, in hope of inviting an attack.’
The battle, however, was far from ended, on either flank.
, who had the right of Butler
's command, had not been able to find the rebel left, but his troops became engaged with the enemy, and contrary to Grant
's orders and intentions, an assault was made on a fortified work.
It was repulsed with loss, but the rebels made no attempt to follow up their advantage, and Butler
withdrew and awaited further orders; when these arrived, they were simply to maintain the position which had been acquired.
In this affair, Butler
lost eleven hundred men, of whom four hundred were prisoners.
Meanwhile, the connection between Hancock
had not been made, and between four and five o'clock the rebels came into the gap in heavy force, and struck the right and rear of the Second corps.
heard the firing, but supposed it to proceed from Crawford
's column; he nevertheless ordered a brigade into the woods to reconnoitre; but before a report could be made, the continuous firing left no doubt of a rebel advance.
The small national force on the right of the road was soon driven back, but Hancock