Gillingham was expecting the Shiak Army to retreat, as it had done in the past. He was sadly mistaken. After resting for a day, scouts reported that the Shiak Army was on the move and heading towards Needmore. As the sun sat that day, the Shiak Army started forming before Needmore. General Gillingham sent a courier to Grafton with the order for the rest of the army to return to Needmore. However, General Loring had his cavalry scouring the countryside, and captured the rider. The Shiak Army, instead of attacking right away, went into encampment. General Loring wanted his troops fresh for the battle and now, with the captured rider, knew he wasn't facing the whole army.
It became apparent to Gillingham that his messenger didn't get through that night. He decided to launch an attack before the Shiak army could launch theirs.
|The attack went well at first, causing one unit to retreat and hitting one battery.|
|The assault continued roll up the Shiak left.|
|The leftmost Shiak unit was destroyed.|
|Things were looking good for the Brookshire army.|
|However, General Loring rallied his troops and managed to blunt the attack.|
|The Shiak army now formed a battle line, and started to cause heavy losses to the Brookshire forces.|
|The Shiak army now started to counter attack.|
|The Brookshire losses continued to mount. The tide of battle changed.|