was immediately in front of the brigade I had ordered forward, and that by going right ahead there could be no mistake.
The brigade, with the exception of one regiment, the 13th Georgia, which did not hear the order, accordingly moved off in handsome style through the woods, but as it did so Lieutenant Chamberlain
informed me that it would not be sufficient to cover the entire gap in our line, and I ordered Colonel Walker
to advance immediately with my own brigade on the left of Atkinson
The enemy's column in penetrating the interval mentioned had turned Archer
's left and Lane
's right, while they were attacked in front, causing Archer
's left and Lane
's entire brigade to give way, and one column had encountered Gregg
's brigade, which, being taken somewhat by surprise, was thrown into partial confusion, resulting in the death of General Gregg
, but the brigade was rallied and maintained its ground.
's brigade advancing rapidly and gallantly under Colonel Atkinson
, encountered that column of the enemy which had turned Archer
's left, in the woods on the hill in rear of the line, and by a brilliant charge drove it back down the hill, across the railroad, and out into the open plains beyond, advancing so far as to cause a portion of one of the enemy's batteries to be abandoned.
The brigade, however, on getting out into the open plain came under the fire of the enemy's heavy guns, and the approach of a fresh and heavy column on its right rendered it necessary that it should retire, which it did under orders from Colonel Evans
, who had succeeded to the command by reason of Atkinson
's being severely wounded.
Two of Brockenborough's regiments from the right participated in the repulse of the enemy.
advanced, at a double quick, further to the left, encountering one of the columns which had penetrated the interval, and by a gallant and resolute charge he drove it back out of the woods across the railroad into the open plains beyond, when, seeing another column of the enemy crossing the railroad on his left, he fell back