ompelled, however, to sustain Colonel Evans, he crossed the Valley and formed on the right and somewhat in advance of his position.
Here the joint force, little exceeding five regiments, with six field-pieces, held the ground against about fifteen thousand United States troops for an hour, until, finding themselves outflanked by the continually arriving troops of the enemy, they fell back to General Bee's first position, upon the line of which Jackson, just arriving, formed his brigade and Stanard's battery.
Col. Hampton, who had by this time advanced with his legion as far as the Turnpike, rendered efficient service in maintaining the orderly character of the retreat from that Point; and here fell the gallant Lieutenant-Colonel Johnson, his second in command.
in the meantime, I awaited with General Beauregard, near the centre, the full development of the enemy's designs.
About 11 o'clock, the violence of the firing on the left indicated a battle, and the march of a large body
e, and had judiciously taken post below the brim of the plateau, nearly east of the Henry House, and to the left of the ravine and woods occupied by the mingled remnants of Bee's, Bartow's, and Evans's command, with Imboden's battery, and two of Stanard's pieces placed so as to play upon the on-coming enemy, supported in the immediate rear by Colonel J. L. Preston and Lieut-Colonel Echolls's regiments, on the right by Harper's and on the left by Allen's and Cumming's regiment.
As soon as Gupport for the line of battle, which was formed on the right by Bee's and Evans's commands, in the centre by four regiments of Jackson's brigade, with Imboden's four six- pounders, Walton's five guns, (two rifled,) two guns (one piece rifled) of Stanard's and two six-pounders of Rogers's batteries, the latter under Lieut. Heaton; and on the left by Gartrell's reduced ranks and Col. Smith's battalion, subsequently reinforced Falkner's Second Mississippi regiment, and by another regiment of the a
t.] Army of Northern Virginia,Near Spotsylvania C. H., May 19, 1864.
On Tuesday evening about 4 P. M. Gen. Wright, on our right centre, with two regiments, moved forward on a reconnaissance towards the enemy's lines.
Before going far, the enemy threw forward their skirmishers.
An engagement, lasting a few in moments ensued, when our men fell back, and nothing else was done along our infantry lines during that day. Late that afternoon, the enemy having advanced some cavalry near to Stanard's Mid, on the telegraph road, our cavalry met them and hold them in check.
Early yesterday morning, about daylight, a picked command of Yankees, composed.
It is said, of volunteers who were called on by Grant in person, inside a faint of a purpose to assault our but they had scarcely mole their appearance on Lowell's which our artillery opened upon them with grape, shrapnel, and case shot.
commanded the enemy's column, but their performances reflected little credit upon that nerv