On the 2nd, all the troops on my left, except Heth
's division of Hill
's corps, had moved to the right, and in the afternoon of that day, Rodes
' division moved forward, along the road from Hundley
's Corner towards Old Church, and drove the enemy from his entrenchments, now occupied with heavy skirmish lines, and forced back his left towards Bethesda Church, where there was a heavy force.
swung round so as to keep pace with Rodes
, and Heth
co-operated, following Rodes
and taking position on his left flank.
In this movement there was some heavy fighting and several hundred prisoners were taken by us. Brigadier General Doles
, a gallant officer of Bodes
' division, was killed, but otherwise our loss was not severe.
On the next day (the 3rd), when Grant
made an attack at Cold Harbor in which he suffered very heavily, there were repeated attacks on Rodes
' and Heth
's fronts, those on Cook
's brigade, of Heth
's division, being especially heavy, but all of them were repulsed.
There was also heavy skirmishing on Gordon
During the day, Heth
's left was threatened by the enemy's cavalry, but it was kept off by Walker
's brigade under Colonel Fry
, which covered that flank, and also repulsed an effort of the enemy's infantry to get to our rear.
As it was necessary that Heth
's division should join its corps on the right, and my flank in this position was very much exposed, I withdrew, at the close of the day, to the line previously occupied, and next morning Heth
moved to the right.
My right now connected with the left of Longstreet
's corps under General Anderson
The enemy subsequently evacuated his position at Bethesda Church and his lines in my front, and having no opposing force to keep my troops in their lines, I made two efforts to attack the enemy on his right flank and rear.
The first was made on the 6th, when I crossed the Matadaquean (a small