tion of the river road, the turnpike and the railroad was north and south, and in proximity to the river came as named.
Proctor's creek crossed these avenues about three-fourths of a mile south of the Confederate lines.
Hoke's Division, which at f was instructed to turn Butler's weak right and double it back upon the centre, at the same time seizing the crossing of Proctor's creek by the river road, which was Butler's shortest line of retreat.
Whiting was ordered on hearing the opening of tbborn and prolonged.
The enemy slowly retired from Johnson's right, and took a strong position on the ridge in front of Proctor's creek, massing near the turnpike, and occupying advantageous ground at the house and grove of Charles Friend.
One of the captured pieces having opened on the enemy's masses, he finally fell back behind the woods and ridge at Proctor's creek, though his skirmish line continued the engagement some hours longer.
Further movement was here suspended to