May 10, 1864. Here along the west face of the Confederate Salient or "Mule
Shoe," Doles' Brigade of Ewell's II Corps had been alert all afternoon. At 6
p.m., when Federal cannonading ceased, it seemed the day would end quietly.
Then Upton's regiments erupted from the woods and dashed across 200 yards of
cleared area to pierce the lines and capture an artillery battery, shattering
the calm into frenzied struggle. Meeting vigorous counterattack, Upton fell
back, leaving the battery. Each side lost about 1,000 men, killed, wounded,
and missing. The partial Union success led to the idea of a large attack
against the apex of the Confederate Salient.
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