Gen. W. S. Hancock
proceeded to attack the Confederates
in front of Deep Bottom
on the James River
, Aug. 12, 1864.
His whole force was placed on transports at City Point
, and its destination reported to be Washington
This was to deceive the Confederates
That night it went up the James River
; but so tardy was the debarkation that the intended surprise of the Confederates
was not effected.
pushed some of his troops by Malvern Hill
to flank the Confederates
' defence behind Baylis's Creek
, while 10,000 men were sent, under Gen. F. C. Barlow
, to assail their flank and rear.
There were other dispositions for attack; but the delay had allowed Lee
to send reinforcements, for the movement seemed to threaten Richmond
On the morning of the 16th, General Birney
, with General Terry
's division, attacked and carried the Confederate
lines, and captured 300 men. The Confederates soon rallied and drove him back.
Another part of the attacking force was driven back, and the attempt failed.