had halted with his whole force and formed line on the river, occupying with his advance force the road from which Colonel Penn
had been driven.
We regained our former lines without trouble about ten or eleven o'clock at night, throwing out skirmishers towards the River
occupied his old position and Hays
' returned during the night to the right of my line.
The night passed quietly on the right after my return except some picket firing on the front, but, just before daybreak on the morning of the 3rd, I was informed by General Barksdale
that the enemy had thrown a bridge across at Fredericksburg
and was moving into the town.
The General had ridden to see me in person to request reinforcements, and I ordered Hays
' brigade to return to the left as soon as possible, directing General Barksdale
to post the brigade where it was needed, as he understood the ground thoroughly.
In reply to a question from me, he informed me that the crossing had not been resisted by his regiment, which had retired skirmishing on the approach of the enemy, as the struggle was deemed useless, and it undoubtedly would have been.
This was a mistake about the bridge being laid at that time, but it was a very natural one, as Sedgwick
moved a portion of his force up the river into the town, while doubtless preparations were making for laying down the bridge early in the morning.
's brigade was then posted as follows: the 21st Mississippi Regiment occupied the trenches on Marye's Hill between Marye's house and, the Plank
road; the 18th, the stone wall at the foot of the hill, where it was subsequently reinforced by three companies from the 21st; the 17th, the trenches on the front slope of Lee's Hill
; and the 13th, the trenches further to the right.
' battery of the Washington Artillery was posted in the works on Marye's Hill, and the rest of Pendleton
's guns on Lee's Hill
on the front crest and at positions further to the right, so as to cover the interval between the hills and the upper part of Deep