half-past 4 o'clock. An hour after, portions of their commands had crossed, and were clilmbing the steep river banks to take part in the last desperate struggle of Sunday.
The appearance of Buell
's advance, in the dark hours of that terrible Sabbath afternoon, was a spectacle the most inspiriting that despairing men ever looked upon.
As they filed across the broad bottoms of the Tennessee
, with colors flying, and filling the vale with their shouts of encouragement, the most despairing felt that the day was not entirely lost.
Language is inadequate to express the sublime emotions which spring from the presence of a succoring army.
What the “eagles of Dessaix
were to Consular France
, the banners of Buell
were to the arms of the Union
,” as his gallant army surged onward to the red field of Shiloh
, at a recent interview, informed me that when Buell
inquired the force and condition of the Army of Tennessee, and was answered-showing fifteen thousand men, with the division of Lew Wallace
, not engaged on Sunday-and Buell
assured him that the Army of the Ohio would be ready to co-operate in an offensive movement on Monday, it was then and there determined to make a determined advance early on the morrow.
Monday morning, at six o'clock, the combined forces of Grant
moved against the enemy.
's fresh troops, with the division of Lew Wallace
, not engaged on Sunday (why
, may, perhaps, never be known), pressed the enemy at all points.
Steadily the army of the Union
regained our camps, and by noon a signal victory had been achieved.
withdrew his forces in good order, and pursuit was not continued beyond Shiloh church
. Tuesday, the 8th,--.General Sherman
determined to pursue.
With two brigades from his own division, two from Buell
's army (Generals Garfield
), and two regiments of cavalry, he proceeded from Shiloh
in the direction of Corinth
At the distance of a little over a mile, we came upon the advance camp of the enemy, on Saturday night. Everywhere along our line of march remains of the retreating army were noticed.
Fresh graves were all around; the dead, dying, and wounded lay in tents, old houses, and upon the ground.
We were marched to a point about four and a half miles from the church, when our videttes informed us the rebel cavalry were directly ahead, concealed in ravines, and behind a long row of tents.
ordered skirmishers thrown out, deploying companies A and B of my own regiment, when orders were given to the Seventy-seventh to support skirmishers.
The regiment was led within fifty yards of the line of tents.
The ground was an.old cotton-field, partly covered by fallen trees; hence the name of the engagement, “Fallen ”