portion of the attacking column came up in the rear, capturing Squires
' guns (which had been fought to the last minute), and along with them the Captain
and his company.
The column sent against Lee's Hill
did not succeed in carrying it by assault, but was kept at bay until Marye's Hill had fallen, when the position being untenable, the regiments defending it were withdrawn up the hill, and the enemy was thus able to take possession of that also.
The artillery on both hills had done good service in aiding to repel all the previous assaults and to resist this.
The companies of the 21st Mississippi in the trenches on the left of Marye's Hill were compelled to retire to prevent being surrounded and captured, as were also Hays
' regiments in the trenches further to the left, the latter being compelled to cross the Plank
road higher up, as their retreat on the Telegraph
road was cut off. The enemy got on Hays
' flank and rear before he was aware the hill on his right was taken, and the consequence was that he lost a few prisoners.
He succeeded, however, in making good his retreat.
partially rallied his regiments and made obstinate resistance to the enemy's advance on the Telegraph
road, falling back gradually before the large force opposing him. The greater portion of the guns on Lee's Hill
were carried off, but some were lost because the horses belonging to them had been carried to the rear to be out of reach of the enemy's shells, and could not be got up in time to carry off the pieces.
Ten guns were lost in all, including those taken at Marye's Hill, but two were subsequently recovered, making our final loss in that respect eight pieces.
's brigade was above at Banks' Ford, but not under my command, and was about to move up to Chancellorsville
, but hearing that the enemy was advancing up the river, General Wilcox
hurried to the vicinity of Taylor's house at the extreme left of the line with two pieces of artillery and sixty men, and putting his guns