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235. A Federal reconnaissance had been sent out under Colonel Buckland, and encountered Cleburne's brigade of Hardee's corpsn, posted a couple of miles out on the Corinth road. Colonel Buckland sent a company to its relief, then followed himself wfront of which Hardee's corps was deploying. Indeed, Colonel Buckland, who made the reconnaissance, says that he advanced t, especially when we were positively informed by men like Buckland, Kilby Smith, and Major Ricker, who went to the front to that night. But even I had to guess its purpose. Colonel Buckland, who made the reconnaissance, states that he discoverd. He made a written report of the skirmish that night. Buckland says: The next day, Saturday, April 5th, I visited ere was a large rebel force immediately in our front. Buckland strengthened his pickets, and adds, Every officer in my bhe bridges over Owl Creek. His Fourth Brigade, under Colonel Buckland, came next in his line, with its left resting on the
n turn, losing the ground he had won, until it had been three times fought over. This was with McClernand's troops, and Buckland's brigade of Sherman's division. Cheatham's division had been formed in the morning on either side of the Pittsburg Snake Creek and the Tennessee River. Sherman in his report says: My command had become decidedly of a mixed character. Buckland's brigade was the only one that retained its organization. Buckland's own report, however, does not sustain this view. Buckland's own report, however, does not sustain this view. He mentions that, in the combat on the Purdy road-The fleeing mass from the left broke through our lines, and many of our men caught the infection and fled with the crowd. Colonel Cockerill became separated from Colonel Sullivan and myself, and was be imagined after reading the foregoing. Colonel Sullivan then marched to the landing for ammunition, and did not join Buckland till next day. This tells the story. It is difficult to see where the organization was. Of the two armies, one was