ericksburg Railroad,) Gen. Longstreet the centre, extending to the telegraph road, and Generals Lee and Stuart the left west of Massaponax creek, while General A P Hill's corps acted as a reserve.
Lee's reason for occupying the left was because he could be on his guard against Sigel, who threatened to outflank him by way of Culper a time assumed the offensive; but as they advanced to meet us they were bravely met and repulsed with heavy loss.
It was at this time that some three hundred of Hill's command well into our hands and were conducted to the rear as prisoners.
Still the enemy contested every foot of ground, and it was only by dint of the hardest ed itself, however, the infantry were brought into play, and the work commenced in real earnest.
Generals Mead and Gibbon's division encountered the right of Gen A. P. Hill's command and Longstreet's veterans.
The fight raged furiously during the entire day, and our troops suffered terribly from the enemy's artillery.