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The battle opened at dawn on the 17th when Union General Joseph Hookers artillery began a murderous fire on Jacksons men in the Miller cornfield north of town In the time I am writing Hooker reported every stalk of corn in the northern and greater part of the field was cut as closely as could have been done with a knife and the Confed slain lay in rows precicely as they had stood in their ranks a few moments before Hookers troops advanced driving the Confederates before them and Jackson reported that his men were exposed for near an hour to a terrific storm of shell canister and musketry About 7 am Jackson was reinforced and succeeded in driving the Federals back An hour later Union troops under General Joseph Mansfield counterattacked and by 9 oclock had regained some of the lost ground Then in an effort to extricate some of Mansfields men from their isolated position near the Dunker Church General John Sedgwicks division of Edwin V Sumners corps advanced into the West Woods There Confederate troops struck Sedgwicks men on both flanks inflicting appaling casualties Meanwhile General William H Frenchs division of Sumners corps moved up to support Sedgwick but veered south into Confederates under General D H Hill later reinforced by Andersonss division posted along an old sunken road separating the Roulette and Piper farms For nearly four hours from 930 am to 1 pm bitter fighting raged along this road afterwards known as Bloody Lane as French supported by General Israel B Richardsons division also of Sumners corps sought to drive the southerners back Although the rebel line was at last broken by enfilading fire from regiments of Richardsons division no further Union troops were sent into the gap Confusion and sheer exhaustion finally ended the battle here and in the northern part of the field generally Southeast of town Union General Ambrose E Burnsides troops had been trying to
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