de so by incessant rain.
They had to be corduroyed continually.
Slocum found Hardee intrenched near Averasboro with about 20,000 men. General Williams, with the 20th Corps, took the lead in making an attack, and very soon he broke the Confederate left wing into fragments and drove it back upon a second and stronger line.
Ward's division pushed the fugitives and captured three guns and 217 men; and the Confederates left 108 of their dead on the field.
Kilpatrick was just securing a footing on the road to Bentonville when he was furiously attacked by McLaw's division, and, after a hard fight, was pushed back.
Then the whole of Slocum's line advanced, drove Hardee within his intrenchments, and pressed him so heavily that on the dark and stormy night of March 16. 1865, he retreated to Smnithfield.
Slocum lost in the battle seventy-seven killed and 477 wounded. Hardee's loss was estimated at about the same.
Ward pursued the fugitives through Averasboro.
butt soon gave up the chase.