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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the war in the South-West. (search)
y tried, as the Confederates, coming, as is their custom, in close lines, overthrow it and capture a great number of prisoners. But Emory has had time to form his troops. Dwight's brigade is in the centre, behind the glade called Peach Orchard; Grover's, holding both sides of the road, which he leaves open for the fugitives; and Benedict's, on the left. The Confederates, who have not seen these fresh troops arrive, taking them for the rear of the fugitives, rush blindly upon them, without t humiliation to the Federals—one not to be measured by the money value of the exposed vessels. The safety of the soldiers and the sailors would have been its sole justification. In Banks' situation nothing could have excused such a resolution. Grover's fine division, which he had left at Alexandria, was there on his return. On the 27th he had seen the arrival of McClernand with several thousand soldiers of the Thirteenth corps, whom an order from Grant had recalled from the coast of Texas, s