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veral times, and found the woods were swarming with rebel cavalry along the entire front of my line, and the pickets claimed to have discovered infantry and artillery. Several times during the day I reported these facts to General Sherman. Colonel Hildebrand, of the Third Brigade, and other officers, visited the picket-line with me during the day. It was well understood all that day and night, throughout Sherman's division, that there was a large rebel force immediately in our front. Bucklalonel McDowell, was on his right, on the Purdy road as a guard to the bridges over Owl Creek. His Fourth Brigade, under Colonel Buckland, came next in his line, with its left resting on the Corinth road at Shiloh. The Third Brigade, under Colonel Hildebrand, stood with its right on the same point. His Second Brigade, under Colonel Stuart, was detached in position on the extreme left, guarding the ford over Lick Creek. Each brigade had three regiments and a battery; and eight companies of th
rmishing. the first collision. the onset. Hildebrand routed. Prentiss driven back. the surprisehalt, until they reached the main line where Hildebrand was posted. Sherman's advance-guards had mand soon his main line appeared. Sherman and Hildebrand rode to and fro encouraging the men who werends, fled, scattered, and was seen no more. Hildebrand says: This regiment became separated from myh he himself bravely remained. It is due to Hildebrand to say that his discomfiture does not seem teasure, the same scenes that had occurred in Hildebrand's camps. Nevertheless, Peabody's brigade manemy retreating. There was a gap between Hildebrand and Prentiss's right, and into this poured Has made before sunrise, and by eight o'clock Hildebrand had been driven from the field. Sherman's rrue, comparatively speaking; but the loss in Hildebrand's brigade shows severe suffering, the greatether — to the front, which, arriving just as Hildebrand was routed, were unable long to withstand th[7 more...]
n's Texas Rangers; and John Morgan, with some of his men. Sherman advanced with two brigades and the Fourth Illinois Cavalry, and, receiving the support of a column from General Wood, proceeded cautiously on a reconnaissance. Marching with Hildebrand's unfortunate Third Brigade in front, he came upon Forrest's cavalry command. He at once threw out the Seventy-seventh Ohio Regiment, supported by the Fourth Illinois Cavalry, when Forrest, perceiving the Federal infantry somewhat disordered iifty yards of the Federal line. A volley greeted him, inflicting a severe wound in his side, and mortally wounding his horse. Nevertheless, in spite of special efforts to kill him, he got back to his men, and away. Sherman reports fifteen of Hildebrand's men killed and twenty-five wounded, which does not seem to include the cavalry, and he makes no mention of seventy-five prisoners, said by Colonel Jordan to have been captured and carried off. No steps were taken in pursuit. There is one