which had been left to guard the boats, had also, through ignorance, embarked; but the general was still out attending to the execution of his orders, and awaiting the return of some of the detachments looking for the wounded.
While thus engaged he found him-self suddenly confronted by the rebels, who were still further reinforced, and not fifty yards distant. Fortunately he was not recognized as an officer; and after closely observing the position of affairs, he rode slowly away, finding it necessary to leave the parties which were still looking for the wounded.
As he approached the river, he put spurs to his horse, and galloped hard to the bank, down which the animal slid on his haunches.
The bullets were whistling about him, and the rebels were rapidly extending their line.
The troops were all aboard, except the parties above named, and the boats were just leaving the landing when Grant
A plank was put out from the last boat, and Grant
rode aboard under a heavy, but happily an ineffectual, fire from the enemy.
It appeared afterwards that the enemy had seen Grant
, and that Polk
, the rebel general, had called upon some of his troops to try their aim on him, though not knowing that he was an officer.
had accomplished his purpose, though, owing to the want of discipline in his troops, not so quickly and effectually as he had desired.
The enemy were well beaten at first; and again when, with more troops, he undertook to intercept the Union
forces on their return to the boats, they were dispersed.
When, with further reinforcements under Polk
himself, they attacked the transports, the heavy fire of shell and grape