brisk artillery duel.
's and Brown
's guns from the right to replace Latimer
's Napoleons, and also Carpenter
's two rifles to take position with Latimer
's two, and the firing was continued for some time, as well against the enemy's infantry as against his artillery.
's brigade, which was on the right of Hoke
's, moved out and dislodged the infantry which had taken position behind the railroad embankment, and as it retired the artillery played on it. This ended the demonstrations at Deep Run
, and soon heavy bodies of infantry were seen passing up towards Fredericksburg
, upon which Andrews
' batteries opened.
I had remained on the right with my division, as I knew that that was the weakest part of our line, and I was very apprehensive that the enemy would attempt to cut my force in two by moving up Deep Run
, which would have been the most dangerous move to us he could have made.
I, however, kept a lookout upon the movements above and was in constant communication with Generals Barksdale
, from whom I received several reports that they had repulsed all the attacks upon their position, and thought they could hold it. Shortly after sunrise, and after the repulse of the first attack on Barksdale
's position, Gibbon
's division, of the enemy's 2nd corps, was crossed over into Fredericksburg
on the bridge which had been laid there, and it was then moved above the town for the purpose of turning the position on that flank, but this effort was balked by the canal, over which there was no bridge; it then attempted to effect the movement by repairing a bridge over the canal, the planking from which had been torn up, but Hays
' brigade had arrived by that time, and four of his regiments filed into the trenches on the left of the Plank
road just in time to thwart this attempt, and another made shortly afterwards to cross the canal at the upper end of the same division.
' brigade had had a long distance to march in order to avoid the enemy, and when it arrived General