the Union force was all up) was countervailed by the fact that he was not all up either: but the Confederate commander was not minded to delay.
My authority is again General Longstreet. Pickett formed his division in double line of battle, with Kemper's and Garnett's brigades in front and Armistead's brigade supporting; while on the right of Pickett was one brigade of Hill's corps, under General Wilcox, formed in column by battalions; and on his left, Heth's division (also of Hill's corps), unndred prisoners and twenty-seven standards.
The Confederate loss in killed and wounded was exceedingly severe.
Of the three brigade commanders of Pickett's division, Garnett was killed, Armistead fell fatally wounded within the Union lines, and Kemper was borne off severely hurt.
In addition, it left behind fourteen of its field-officers, and only a single one of that rank escaped unhurt, while of its rank and file three-fourths were dead or captives.
Pettigrew's division, also, though it h
the 20th May, behind the cover of the remaining corps, eastward to Massaponax Church.
Thence, heading southward, and preceded by Torbett's cavalry division, Hancock, on the following day, pushed his advance to Milford Station, on the Fredericksburg and Richmond Railroad, seventeen miles south of his point of starting.
The cavalry in advance, with much address, dislodged a hostile force holding the bridge across the Mattapony near this point,
It happened that a Confederate brigade, under Kemper, on its way from Richmond to Spottsylvania to re-enforce Lee, had reached this point and taken up a position on the right bank of the Mattapony—a position exceedingly strong against an attempt to cross that stream in force.
The cavalry showed much skill and pluck in dislodging the enemy from this position, and captured sixty-six prisoners.
But more important still, it secured the bridge. and Hancock threw his left over that stream at Bowling Green.
In this position it bivouacked on the ni