to cover a movement on Bolivar
, at 9 o'clock sent Gen. McArthur
to the front, who reported widespread but slack skirmishing, and said the hill was of great value to test the strength of our assailants.
, finding himself hotly assailed, called up four more regiments from McKean
's division, and continued what by this time had become a serious engagement, until a determined Rebel charge, interposing be.tween his right and the left of Gen. Davies
, forced him rapidly back from the hill, with the loss of 2 heavy guns; thus compelling a slight recoil of Davies
By 1 P. M., it had become evident that the attack was no feint, but meant the capture of Corinth
, with its immense stores; and that success was to be struggled for right here.
's division, on our left, was drawn back to the ridge next beyond our inner intrenchments, and ordered to close with his right on Davies
's left; Hamilton
's division was moved down until its left touched Davies
's right; while Stanley
, moving northward and eastward, was to stand in close échelon
, but nearer Corinth
These dispositions had scarcely been completed, under a most determined pressure on our center by the Rebels
, which compelled Davies
to give ground and call upon Stanley
for aid, when night compelled a pause in the engagement; Col. Mower
, with one of Stanley
's brigades, having just come into tie fight; while Hamilton
, working his way through an impracticable thicket, was just swinging in on the enemy's left.
, supposing Corinth
virtually his own, sent off to Richmond