It was obvious the splendid 69th must go down unless supported.
The 71st Indiana, under the gallant Lieut. Col. Topping, was order up, but, through some misunderstanding, did not move according to direction.
The 69th at last, pressed by irresistible force, gave way. The 71st now reached the proper point, but too late to save the 69th.--The enemy concentrated their fire on it. Lieut. Col. Topping's horse was now shot, and he soon fell dead while inspiring his command.
Soon after Major Concklin also fell.
By this time Gen. Cruft's three pieces of artillery had opened, at short range, with canister upon the enemy, and with cheering success, but the rebels pressed upon him so hardly that he was forced to order the pieces to retire in order to save them.
Not long after the whole wing gave way, and the right followed, but in good order.
Their officer's tried to rally broken organizations, and the men responded with alacrity to every order they comprehended; but most of them bein