Hill rode ahead of his men to be informed by Lee and David Jones about the precarious position of the Confederate right as a result of Burnside's activities. It was not until after Burnside had advanced and driven back portions of Jones's right that Hill's men were ready to commit themselves to battle. Hill's division advanced with his left brigade connecting with Jones's right flank, his formations deployed from left to right in the following order: Brigadier General James Archer's brigade, Brigadier General IVlaxey Gregg's brigade, Brigadier General Lawrence Branch's brigade, Brigadier General Dorsev Pender's brigade and Colonel Brocken-brough's brigade. Brockenbrough and Pender now held the extreme Confederate right. The other three brigades, those of Archer, Gregg, and Branch, advanced, wrote Hill, 'with a yell of defiance'. Hill added with something of an understatement that his men were not 'a moment too soon'.
Willcox had advanced his 1st Division/IX Corps from the stone bridge area at 1500 with Colonel Benjamin Christ's 1st Brigade on the right and Colonel Thomas Welsh's 2nd Brigade on the left, Christ deploying the 79th New York as skirmishers, and Welsh employing the 100th Pennsylvania in the same role. These two regiments led the advance of Willcox's Division, which
A Two views, the upper version by an eye-witness, of the charge of the 9th New York, Hawkin's Zouaves, of Burnside's division, on a Confederate battery towards the end of the battle. By then it was too late-A. P. Hill was on hand.
Was this article helpful?