advanced to connect with his right, and, as soon as the enemy was engaged so as to make it practicable, I would move up from below with my other two brigades, Gordon
's and Smith
' and Hoke
's brigades had moved down the left bank of Hazel Run
and were put in position to co-operate with McLaws
' attack, when made, by moving across the ridge on which Downman's house was located, and orders were given them accordingly.
did not make the attack, and Lieutenant Pitzer
returned with the information that Anderson
's division was coming down, and with instruction for me to wait until he was in position, when at a signal given by firing three guns rapidly in succession, a simultaneous attack should be made by the whole force.
's force began to arrive, I was able to draw Hays
nearer to my right, and I therefore brought Hays
' brigade across the branch of Hazel Run
, which has been mentioned, and put his brigade in line at the foot of the hill near Alum Spring
Mill, so that it might move up the wooded face of the hill on to the plain above, which was occupied by a part of the enemy's force.
's brigade was placed in line just in the edge of the woods on the rear slope of the lower end of the ridge on which Downman's house was, facing towards the Plank
road, concealed from the view of the enemy, as was Hays
came down himself before the signal was given, and sent for me to meet him towards my left.
We examined the position of the enemy together, as well as we could, and I explained to him my plan of attacking with my force, which was, for Hays
to move up the hill at foot of which he was and directly forward, which would carry him to the Plank
road, and up on the right side; for Hoke
to move over the ridge below Downman's house and across the valley to the other ridge, as far as the Plank
road, where he was to change direction so as to move up on the left of the road; and when the signal was heard, Gordon
was to move rapidly by the flank to