resisting the advance of the enemy by the Raymond
himself fell in this duty, while encouraging his troops, when hardest pressed, by his brave example.
By the time that Stevenson
's and Bowen
's divisions had crossed Baker's Creek
, the Federal
troops were so near the stream as to render its passage by Loring
's division impracticable; so that officer marched southward, and, after passing entirely beyond the enemy's left, turned to the east and led his division to Jackson
directed the retreat of Stevenson
's division across the Big Black to Bovina
, near which it bivouacked about one o'clock; but he halted Bowen
's troops at a line of rifle-pits, three-quarters of a mile in advance of the railroad-bridge; this line had been occupied for several days by Vaughn
's brigade, which Bowen
's troops found in it.
The object of this measure was to defend the bridge to enable Loring
's division to cross the Big Black.
In the morning of the 17th the Confederates
were attacked in these lines by General Grant
, with McPherson
's and McClernand
His vigorous assault was scarcely resisted, either because the Confederates
had become disheartened by recent events; or else, feeling the danger of fighting a victorious enemy with a river behind them, each was eager to secure his own escape by being the first to reach the bridge.
Sixteen or eighteen field-pieces were abandoned.
After crossing the river on the railroad-bridge and a temporary one near it, these troops were conducted