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till pressed forward.
The keen eye of Hardee soon detected the wide gap between Sherman and Prentiss.
This gap — more than a mile in width-General Sherman says was left to be occupied by part of Buell's troops.
It almost proved to be an open highway to the flanks and rear of the Union lines.
General Hurlbut has recently informed the writer that he was opposed to flanking movements which might jeopard his own command.
Into this gap he pushed several brigades commanded by Gibson, Anderson, Pond, and others, and attempted to sweep round on Sherman's left.
The camp of the Fifty-third Ohio having been gained and three of Waterhouse's guns captured, the line near Sherman's headquarters was enfiladed and driven back in confusion.
McClernand promptly supported Sherman, but seeing the flanking movement of Hardee, I was ordered to hurry up reinforcements.
Meeting an advancing column, I found on inquiry it was General Smith's Division, commanded by General W. 11. L. Wallace, of Illinois.