1040 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
While the artillery thus operating with the three infantry corps
was being adjusted and arranged that serving with the cavalry was
performing its part. Its composition was as follows :
Horse Artillery serving with Army of Northern Virginia, Maj. R. P. Chew,
Thomson's battery a 4
Johnston's battery a 4
Shoemaker's battery a 4
McGregor's battery b 4
Hart's battery c 4
Most of the Horse Artillery was thus operating with the cavalry
on the right flank of our army, and there holding back the enemy as
our heavier guns engaged his masses. On the morning of May 6 the
battle of the Wilderness, which had begun the previous afternoon,
was renewed with great vigor, and Poague's guns, posted near the
plank road, as already described, were soon brought into requisition
and proved to have been most advantageously placed. Opening
upon the enemy, as with immense masses.he pressed back the weary
divisions of Heth and Wilcox, they at once checked his advance and
enabled Longstreet's troops, just arriving on the field, to seize the
favorable moment and compel him to recede with heavy loss. Mc-
Intosh's battalion was now placed in position some distance to the
left of Poague's, and three of his guns (two Napoleons and 'a 24-
pounder howitzer of Prfce's battery) were advanced on the plank
road to co-operate with General Longstreet in his attack upon the
enemy. They were well served and with good effect. Pegram's
battalion was also placed in position about half a mile to the left of
McIntosh's and assisted materially in driving back the enemy at-
tempting to penetrate between our right wing, on the plank road,
and Ewell's corps, constituting the left wing, on the old turnpike.
Cutts' battalion was at a later hour also placed on the line near
Pegram's. Richardson's guns meanwhile guarded the roads which
centered upon our rear at Parker's Store on the plank road, and on
the evening of the 6th relieved Poague's, which had been engaged
for two days on the lines.
Simultaneously with these events on our right the artillery with
the Second Corps, on the left, was participating in the battle on that
front as far as the nature of the country admitted. Colonel Carter,
under direction of General Long, massed a number of his guns on
the extreme left to protect that flank, which the enemy was begin-
ning to threaten, and those guns effectively aided Gordon's brigade,
there posted, in repelling the attack which the enemy were not slow
to make. Cutshaw's battalion was placed in position on the right
of the turnpike, relieving some of Nelson's guns, and a portion of
a These three batteries marched from near Gordonsville on 4th, and engaged
enemy on Catharpin road, with Rosser, under General Stuart, 5th.
b This battery left with General W. H. F. Lee near Orange Court-House.
c This, with General Fitzhugh Lee, engaged enemy at Todd's Tavern.