ought in the open and their loss was consequently the heaviest.
Their loss was 4,858 killed, wounded and captured. Of these 2,000 were prisoners.
The Federals lost in killed and wounded 2,100 and in prisoners 300.
The enemy pressed the retreating army vigorously.
Rosecrans' victorious forces were behind it, and three divisions of infantry and several thousand cavalry had been sent by forced marches from Jackson, Tennessee, to get in its front.
It was necessary for it to cross the Tombigbee river and then the Hatchie.
The first was crossed without opposition, but when the second was reached it was found to be held by the enemy.
Thus the army was hemmed in between two rivers and two armies—a river and an army before, and a river and an army behind it—and there was no other known avenue of escape.
When the crossing of the Hatchie at Davis' bridge was reached, Phifer's and Martin's brigades, of Van Dorn's corps, charged and forced a passage, but before they could form on the ot