wheeling to the right, sweeping around the left flank of Hood
's position, and crossing the Hardin
and Hillsboroa roads. The cavalry was dismounted, and first struck the enemy, driving him rapidly back, and capturing a redoubt with four guns, which were quickly turned upon the rebel line.
's division, of Smith
's command, participated in this assault, vying with the cavalry.
A second redoubt, stronger than the first, was next assailed, and carried; four more guns and three hundred prisoners were captured, the cavalry and infantry reaching the position simultaneously, and both laying claim to the artillery and the prisoners.
, however, had not taken ground as far to the right as had been expected, and Thomas
now ordered Schofield
to move from his position, in reserve, to the right of Smith
, and thus enable the cavalry to operate more freely towards the enemy's rear.
The movement was rapidly accomplished, and Schofield
's troops participated in all the subsequent operations on this flank.
Meanwhile, as soon as Smith
had struck the rebel left, Wood
, at the centre, assaulted Montgomery Hill
, and carried the entire rebel line in his front, capturing several pieces of artillery, and five hundred prisoners. The enemy was thus driven completely out of his original line of works, and forced back to a second range of hills, still holding, however, his line of retreat by the Franklin
and Granny White roads.
At nightfall, Thomas
readjusted his line, which now ran parallel to and east of the Hillsboroa road; Schofield
was on the national right, Smith
at the centre, and Wood
on the left; while the cavalry remained