advance with Gordon
's and Smith
's brigades up the Plank
road and river, and for Hays
to advance across towards the Plank
road extending to the left to connect with McLaws
, while Barksdale
's brigade and some of Pendleton
's artillery should be posted to hold Marye
's and Lee's Hills and protect my rear from the direction of Fredericksburg
The ravine of Hazel Run
is so rugged that it was impossible to cross it except where there were roads, and therefore it was necessary to pass Hays
' and Hoke
's brigades over at the ford on my left.
's brigade was placed in line at light, and Andrews
' artillery immediately in its rear, while Smith
were ordered to take their positions and be in readiness to follow.
I then went with General Hays
, whose brigades were put in motion, across Hazel Run
to point out to them the positions they were to take and how they were to move.
After doing this, I rode back and found to my surprise that Gordon
had moved off under a misapprehension of my order, as he was to have waited until all was ready, and I designed accompanying him. Andrews
had followed him and I immediately put Smith
in motion, the former along the road by flank, and Barksdale
in line of battle on the right.
The line of hills composed of Marye
's, Cemetery, Stansbury
's, and Taylor's Hills descends towards the Marye's Hill
, which is the lowest, Taylor
's, bordering on the river at the upper end of the canal, being much the highest.
's, Cemetery, and Marye's Hills are separated from a higher range on the southwest by a very small stream which rises between Taylor's Hill
and the Plank
road and runs across that road into Hazel Run
, some distance above the crossing of the Telegraph
road over that run. Cemetery and Marye's Hills slope back gradually to the little stream, and from the latter, on the southwest, rise steep hills terminating in a high, wide ridge, along which the Plank
road runs; and the face of these hills fronting towards Cemetery