was the signal for the attack.
The Commanding-General desired that the movement should be made with the least possible delay.
It was now 2½ o'clock P. M. Two of the brigades had to march about two miles, the other two about one mile. Brigadier-General Pillow, having reported for duty, was assigned by the Commanding-General to Palmer's brigade, and that fine officer resumed command of his regiment, and was three times wounded in the ensuing engagement.
The Ninth Kentucky and Cobbs' battery, companies on special service, consisted of some 4,500 men. It was drawn up in two lines, the first in a narrow skirt of woods, the second two hundred yards in rear.
Pillow and Hanson formed the first line, Pillow on the right.
Preston supported Pillow, and Adams' brigade (commanded by Colonel Gibson) supported Hanson.
The artillery was placed in rear of the second line under orders to move with it and occupy the summit of the slope as soon as the infantry should rout the enemy.