's brigade being left with General Stuart
's cavalry to guard the York
At or a little after four o'clock P. M. our guns on the right opened on the enemy's left, and those on the ridge in rear of Johnson
's division opened on that part of the line confronting them, and a very heavy cannonading ensued.
After this cannonading had continued for some time the attack was begun by Longstreet
on the right, two of whose divisions had only arrived, and during its progress I was ordered by General Ewell
, a little before sunset, to advance to the assault of the hills in front of me as soon as Johnson
should become engaged on my left, being informed at the same time that the attack would be general, Rodes
advancing on my right and Hill
's division on his right.
I ordered Hays
to advance, as soon as Johnson
was heard engaged, immediately up the hill in their front, and Gordon
to advance to the position then occupied by them in order to support them.
was heard fairly engaged it was after sunset, and Hays
then moved forward on the low ridge in their front and across a hollow beyond to the base of the hill, while exposed to a severe fire from the enemy's batteries.
They then commenced ascending the steep side of the hill in gallant style, going over fences and encountering bodies of infantry posted in front of the main line on the slope of the hill behind stone fences which they dislodged, and continuing their advance to the crest of the hill, when by a dash upon the enemy's works Hays
' brigade and a portion of Hoke
's succeeded in entering them and compelling the enemy to abandon his batteries.
In the meantime Johnson
was heavily engaged on the left, but no fire was heard on the right, Rodes
' division had not advanced nor had the left division of Hill
, commanding Hoke
's brigade, had fallen mortally wounded near the crest of the hill, and the portion of the force that had engaged the enemy's works