the ravine up which the Plank
road runs, and then diagonally towards Taylor's house so as to sweep all the crests in front of him and Smith
as they were then posted, and turn the enemy's left which rested near the river.
was to remain stationary so as to reinforce the brigades engaged, or Barksdale
as might be necessary.
approved my plan and directed me to carry it out as soon as the signal should be given, and then left me.
's line covered the Plank
road for some distance on the south side; being in the centre along the ridge or plateau on which the road is located, and bending back across it with both flanks which rested near the river, above and below.
Guest's house was in his line and some artillery was posted near it, while Downman's house, and the ridge on which it was located were occupied by his skirmishers.
In advance of the part of the line facing towards me, which was his left wing, there was an advanced line occupying the crests of the hills towards me, extending across from Taylor's Hill
to the lower end of the valley which has been mentioned, with artillery posted near the left of this advanced line.
The plateau, on the ridge where Downman's house was located, was entirely cleared of timber below the house, as was the valley between the two ridges.
The ridge along which the Plank
road runs was cleared on the south side of it, and from the direction of Fredericksburg
up to within a short distance below Guest's house, from which point bodies of woodland extended up the road for some distance and across towards Taylor's house, with occasional intervals of cleared land.
We waited for the signal, but it was not given until a short time before sunset.
When it was heard, Hoke
moved at once across the plateau in his front between Downman's house and Hazel Run
, then down the slope, across the valley, and up the steep ascent of the next ridge towards the Plank
road, driving the enemy's