Following the success of Hilltop Farm the Confederates decided to take the battle to the Union troops. They sent Maj. General Rufus and his two brigades up the valley. a small troop of cavalry located a Federal Division holding the fields near Cutter farm. The small dirt roads where designed for carriages on a Sunday ride, not an army on the march. The travel was difficult and the first brigade of Confederates where on battle line by mid afternoon.
Maj. Gen. Rufus CSA Maj. Gen. Michael USA
Brig Gen Pierre 1st Brigade Brig. Gen. Douglas 1st Penn Brigade (Confederate Left Flank) (Union Left Flank)
Brig Gen Robert 2nd Brigade Brig. Gen. Arthur 2nd Penn Brigade (Confederate Right Flank) (Union RightFlank)
|The lead regiment of General Pierre's Brigade moves swiftly to the tree line in their front. They had already traveled|
a good distance since this morning. Many of the men haven't eaten since breakfast. General Pierre urges his men onward.
|General Rufus takes his hat from his head and wipes the sweat from his brow. Nothing is going as planned. he too hears the federal guns open up and he is concerned about the time.|
|The 2nd Pennsylvania Brigade commanded by Brig Gen Arthur holds positions in the farm yard.|
One of the regiments is using an old split rail fence as cover.
|A small Pennsylvania Regt. Holds the fence.|
|Maj General Michael in conference with the First Pennsylvania Brigade Commander, Brig General Douglas.|
|Turn 4. Confederate Initiative. With a little help from General Rufus, The last of Brigadier General Pierre's Brigade enter the woods. He orders his men into line of battle and right shoulder shift.|
|General Rufus Waves his hat at the passing regiments of General Pierre's brigade. "Go get 'em." He whispers under his breath. General Rufus knows that there will be a terrible contest at the treeline.|
|General Pierre in the middle of the brigade moving it forward. He is concerned that the Battery is not making as good a progress as the infantry. The broken ground and underbrush of the woods is hell on horse, limber, and cannon.|
|Turn 6. "FIRE!"|