at 4 P. M., the Rebels
were found drawn up in force, holding a strong position along a deep ravine crossing the main road, and behind the crest of a hill.
Here our skirmishers were driven back on the head of the column in advance, which was suddenly saluted with a heavy fire of musketry, grape, canister, and shell, under which the 11th Ohio battery was with difficulty brought into position, with the 5th Iowa, Col. Matthias
, and 26th Missouri, Col. Boomer
, supporting it; the 48th Indiana, Col. Eddy
, posted a little in advance of the battery, on the left of the road, holding their ground under a terrible fire; while the 4th Minnesota, Capt. Le Gro
, and 16th Iowa, Col. Chambers
, were hurried up to their support.
The nature of the ground forbidding any extension of our front, the battle was thus maintained by a single brigade, against at least three times their numbers, until Col. Eddy
was killed; when the remnant of his regiment was hurled back in disorder and our advanced battery clutched by the Rebels
; but not till its every horse had been disabled and every officer killed or wounded.
A charge was instantly made to recover it, and the guns were repeatedly taken and retaken; but they were finally dragged off the field by the Rebels
, only to be abandoned in their flight from Iuka
's division had meantime come up, pushing forward the 11th Missouri to the front; where, uniting with the 5th Iowa and 26th Missouri, it first checked the Rebel
advance and then drove it back to the shelter of the ravine; while Col. Perczel
, with the 10th Iowa and a section of Immell
's battery, repulsed a Rebel attempt to turn our left.
fell, severely wounded, and darkness at length closed the battle: our men lying down on their arms, expecting to renew the struggle next morning; Gen. Stanley
himself being at the front, along with Brig.-Gen. Sullivan
and Col. J. B. Sanborn
, who had bravely and skillfully directed the movements of Hamilton
's two brigades; but not a regiment of Stanley
's division, save the 11th Missouri, had been enabled to participate in the action; and not a shot had been fired from the direction whence Ord
's advance had been confidently expected — the excuse for this being that Ord
had only expected to attack after hearing the sound of Rosecrans
's guns; and these a high wind from the north-west prevented his hearing at all.
had been watching a Rebel demonstration from the south and west upon Corinth
— which proved a mere feint — but had returned to Burnsville
at 4 P. M.,1
when he was directed by Grant
to move his entire force — which had been swelled by the arrival of Ross
's division — to within four miles of Iuka
, and there await the sound of Rosecrans
, in his advance, reported to him a dense smoke arising from the direction of Iuka
; whence he inferred that Price
was burning his stores and preparing to retreat.
Next morning, hearing guns in his front, Ord
moved rapidly into Iuka
, but found no enemy there; Price
having retreated on the Fulton
road during the night.
, leaving Crock er's brigade to garrison Iuka
, returned directly, by order, to Corinth
; while Rosecrans
— having first sent Stanley