in rear of this interval, without, however, being in the line of battle.
On the left of the interval were the other three brigades of A. P. Hill
's division, Lane
's brigade being next to it, but in advance of the general line a considerable number of pieces of artillery were posted along the left of Hill
's line, but they were on low and unfavorable ground, as there were no good positions for guns on that part of the line.
On my arrival, my division was posted on a second line several hundred yards in rear of A. P. Hill
's, with Jackson
's, now under Brigadier General Taliaferro
, on my left.
My right rested on the railroad at the crossing, and extended along the ridge road, which here crossed the railroad, for a short distance and then into the woods on my left.
' brigade was on my right, with Trimble
's brigade under Colonel R. F. Hoke
immediately in its rear, Lawton
's brigade under Colonel N. N. Atkinson
in the centre, and my own brigade under Colonel J. A. Walker
on the left.
In this position there was a thick woods intervening between my division and the enemy, and the consequence was that he was entirely excluded from our view as we were from his. D. H. Hill
's division, which had followed mine from below, was posted in a third line in the open ground in my rear beyond the hills.
The weak point in our position was on our right, as there was the wide open plain in front of it extending to the river and perfectly covered and swept by the enemy's heavy batteries on the opposite heights, and to the right, extending around to our rear, were the open flats of the Massaponix, here quite wide and incapable of being covered by any position we could take.
There was very great danger of our right being turned by the enemy's pushing a heavy column down the river across the Massaponix.
The plains on that flank were watched by Stuart
with two brigades of cavalry and his horse artillery.
A heavy fog had concealed the two armies from each