r hundred yards, five Napoleons were placed.
These positions, separated by a body of timber, were about 1,400 yards from the enemy's batteries, strongly posted on an eminence.
Immediately on my right were the batteries of the First corps.
My battalion being necessarily separated, that part of it next to Pegram's position, consisting of three of Wyatt's and two of Graham's guns, was placed in charge of Captain Wyatt, while Captain Ward was directed to superintend the guns of his own and of Brooke's battery.
About seven o'clock on the morning of the 3d, while I myself was at the position occupied by Captain Ward, the guns under Captain Wyatt opened on the enemy's position.
In a few minutes the fire of several of their batteries was concentrated on these five guns, and seeing that the contest was a very unequal one, and not knowing the origin of the order for opening, I directed the firing to cease!
I afterwards ascertained that Lieutenant-General A. P. Hill had ordered it. In thi