the nearest practicable one.
I then galloped to the Telegraph
road, and soon met Pendleton
's artillery going rapidly to the rear, and ordered it to be halted.
Going on I found General Barksdale
on the ridge immediately in rear of Lee's Hill
rallying his men and skirmishing with the enemy who had ascended the hill, and before whom they were retiring gradually but obstinately.
's men were rather scattered, but the 6th Louisiana had retired in good order and I directed it to form a line, and Barksdale
to halt and get his men in line, which he did. I also ordered a battery of artillery to be brought forward into action and soon one was by my side and unlimbered but did not fire.
There was a line of the enemy in front a few hundred yards on the crest of the hill, and I turned to the officer commanding the battery and asked him why he did not fire, to which he replied, “I have no ammunition, sir.”
I ordered another to be brought forward, and a battery of Howitzers, from Cabell
's battalion, was brought up and opened with canister.
The enemy's advance had been checked by the demonstration, but he soon brought up some artillery and opened on us at short range with shrapnel and canister, and I ordered the line to retire a short distance, which it did in good order, taking up another position.
In this manner we continued to retire along the Telegraph
road from point to point, taking advantage of favorable portions of the ground to make a stand until the enemy ceased to pursue.
I then ordered General Barksdale
to take position at Cox's house, about two miles in rear of Lee's Hill
, where the first crossroad leaves the Telegraph
road to get into the Plank
road, and to establish Hays
(to whom I had sent a message to come around to the Telegraph
road) on the line, as well as Gordon
's regiments, when they arrived.
By obtaining possession of Lee's Hill
, the enemy had obtained a position from which he could completely enfilade my line on the right, and as soon as the foregoing arrangements were made, I rode rapidly to the