Defending the bridge were approximately 400 Confederates commanded by General Robert Toombs comprised of the 2nd and 20th Georgia regiments. The Georgians arrived on the western side of the creek on September 15th and had the luxury of time in which to prepare their positions. Digging rifle pits, bolstering fences, and piling rocks the men worked with a will.
Kingsbury formed his lines of battle behind the protection of the twin knolls and began his advance to the floodplain below. Predictably, as the Federal lines gained the flat, open ground the Confederates opened fire with devastating results.
Federal losses in the initial volley were great and the attack began to stall. Kingsbury, in an effort to restore the forward momentum plunged into the creek at the head of a small band of stalwarts.
The diversionary attack by the 11th Connecticut was no more successful that the abortive attack that had preceded it, one hundred thirty nine men, one-third, of the 11 Connecticut, were killed or wounded. The regiment was shattered; meanwhile Crook and Rodman had yet to be heard from.
Kingsbury expected the bulk of the 11th Connecticut to follow him, but by that time they had gone to ground desperately seeking cover behind a stone wall and the meager protection of a post and rail fence.