night, one battery being left on the ridge so as to cover my right flank on the line across the Telegraph
road, and a regiment of infantry being posted so as to guard against a surprise on that flank, if the enemy should move around Lee's Hill
up the left of Deep Run
Just before dark, we discovered a piece of artillery advancing along the Telegraph
road in our front, followed by a few wagons.
The men in charge of the piece of artillery came on so deliberately, though in full view of our line, that we took it for granted that it must be one of the pieces supposed to be captured, with a forge or two, that had been probably able to elude the vigilance of the enemy by concealment in some of the ravines.
The approaching darkness rendered objects very indistinct, and we therefore watched the approaching piece until it got within a few hundred yards of us, when the drivers suddenly discovered who we were, wheeled rapidly and dashed to the rear, and we became then aware that it was one of the enemy's pieces.
Some of Andrews
' guns which were ready opened fire, but the piece of artillery got off, though some of the mules to a wagon and to a forge were killed, and we found and secured the latter the next day with several fine mules.
The night passed quietly with us, and at light on the morning of the 4th I prepared to advance.
My plan was to advance along the Telegraph
road with Gordon
's brigade in line in front, followed by Andrews
' battalion of artillery and Graham
's battery, with Smith
's and Barksdale
's brigades following in the rear, forming a second line, and to throw Hays
' and Hoke
's brigades across Hazel Run
opposite my present position so as to move down the left bank, as the column moved along the Telegraph
road against the heights, both of which I took it for granted the enemy held, as the affair just at dusk the evening before must have given him notice of my presence.
It was my purpose, as soon as the heights were taken and the enemy's connection with Fredericksburg cut, to