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 cavalry. It was he who commenced the attack. The road he followed was commanded by a height, upon which stood an old redoubt. Oliver's brigade, which had been detached from Davies' division to act as the vanguard of the Federals, had taken possession of this work. It was at once vigorously attacked. McArthur hastened with his brigade to its assistance, and made a powerful stand against the assaults of Lovell's whole division. Seeing the action thus vigorously going on on the left, Davies made a forward movement to place himself on a line with McArthur, and to occupy some old Confederate breastworks on his right; he even placed in battery several twenty pounders he had brought with him. At this moment Hebert's division emerged upon the skirts of the abatis surrounding the works. It was half-past 10 o'clock. A fierce musketry fire was kept up on both sides at a distance of eighty metres; the Confederates, however, were superior in numbers, for Maury's division counted five thousand men, with twenty field-pieces, whilst Davies, deprived of Oliver's brigade, which was fighting on the left, could scarcely put three thousand men in line. They had the same advantage on the left, where the two brigades under McArthur and Oliver were contending with Lovell's whole division, numbering more than six thousand men. The latter succeeded at last in carrying the redoubt occupied by its adversaries. Oliver and McArthur were compelled to fall back with a loss of two guns, thus uncovering Davies' left flank; Moore's brigade of Maury's division immediately took advantage of this circumstance, and, throwing itself into the interval thus opened, forced the whole Federal line to abandon the positions it occupied, with two of the twenty pounders that defended them. In the mean while, the extreme Federal left, formed by Crocker's brigade, was holding Jackson's cavalry in check, while on the right Hamilton's division was exchanging shots with Hebert's soldiers, who were massed in the woods. Van Dorn had, in fact, ordered this general to keep out of sight as much as possible, so as to allow the Federals to concentrate their efforts between Lovell and Maury, and to fall afterward upon their uncovered right flank; he was in hopes that through the strength of this division, which numbered more than seven thousand men, and by the forest which masked his movements, and
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