In the first place the Confederates did not capture the division of General Prentiss, without the firing of a gun.
Although the division was surprised, it made a gallant fight and did not surrender until late in the afternoon—about half-past 5 o'clock, says General Prentiss. General Beauregard, who took command of the Confederates upon the death of General Albert Sidney Johnston, says: By 5 o'clock the whole Federal army except Prentiss's division with a part of W. H. L. Wallace's, had receded to the river bank, and the indomitable force which under Prentiss still conPrentiss still contested the field was being environed on its left by brigades from the divisions of Breckinridge, Cheatham, and Withers, in that quarter.
It remains to be said that Prentiss was equally encompassed onPrentiss was equally encompassed on the other flank by a part of Ruggle's division together with some of General Polk's corps.
Thus surrounded on all sides that officer whose division had been the first to come into collision with us