12th seemed to have exhausted the enemy, and all was quiet till May 18 (1864), when a strong force advanced past the McCool house toward our new line.
When well within range General Long opened upon them with thirty pieces of artillery, which with the fire of our skirmishers, broke and drove them back with severe loss.
We afterwards learned that they were two fresh divisions, nearly 10,000 strong, just come up from the rear.
General A. L. Long, Chief of Artillery, Ewell's Corps, pages 1087 and 1088 of Records, says: Everything remained quiet along the lines till the morning of the 18th (May, 1864). The enemy about 9 A. M. advanced a heavy force against our new line.
He was allowed to come within good canister range of our breastworks.
Carter's division of artillery then opened a most murderous fire of canister and spherical case-shot, which at once arrested his advance, threw his columns into confusion, and forced him to a disorderly retreat.
His loss was very heavy; ours wa