, being the only officer who had seen service, found it necessary to direct even the details of movements, and was constantly in the skirmish line, encouraging his men by his presence, coolness, and bravery.
His horse was shot under him, and he was constantly exposed to the enemy's fire.
The rebels were driven to the bank of the river, and all their artillery and several hundred prisoners were captured.
Their success was too much for the Union
Officers and men joined at once in a general rejoicing, regardless of all discipline and the danger of rebel reinforcements from Columbus
was watchful, though almost powerless with his mob of an army; and perceiving that the enemy was sending more troops from Columbus
, he ordered his staff to set fire to the rebel camp.
Succeeding at last in securing some discipline, he ordered a return to the transports.
But the defeated enemy had in the mean time been reinforced and re-formed, and they made an attempt to cut off the retreat.
The undisciplined troops were somewhat disconcerted.
A staff officer rode up to Grant
, exclaiming, “We are surrounded!”
“If that is so,” coolly replied Grant
, “we must cut our way out as we cut our way in.”
Riding to the front, he encouraged his men, saying, “We have whipped them once, boys, and we can do it again.”
The troops had already learned their commander's pluck, and making a vigorous attack they dispersed the rebel line.
With his inexperienced officers, Grant
was obliged to attend to all the details of the retreat, and the collection of the wounded.
The main body of the troops had reembarked on board the transports; and the reserves,