“At daylight, May 9, the line was rectified and the men went to work intrenching, without any proper implements”. As a member of Jone’s/Witcher’s Brigade recounted the entrenching tools were over a mile to the rear, probably with the regimental wagon. The men not being encumbered by them during the march.
“When the breastworks of Steuart’s Brigade, which were nearly a continuation of the line of the line to the left, were half made the engineer officers of the army came along and ordered us to destroy them and construct a new line. About fifty or seventy-five yards to the front of the left of the line we had been making the ground rose to a point or ridge off which there was some open country, giving a good range for artillery, and this was made a part of the new line, Jones’s Brigade, or its right, being advanced a little I suppose to connect with it.” So not only Steuart’s but Jones’s Brigades lines were adjusted.
“But the new line of Steuart’s brigade, instead of being a continuation of that of Jones and the rest of the division, and so parallel with and in advance of our old line, turned back from this elevated point or ridge at a right angle with Jones, thus making a salient in the works.I asked the engineers if our first half constructed breastwork could not remain as it could do no harm, completely enfiladed by our new line, and might be of service, but they said no, it must be demolished, and so we half leveled it.” Recollections of a Confederate Soldier page 286.