, on hearing that the enemy, three thousand strong, had crossed Fishing Creek
, ordered Gen. Zollicoffer
to advance and give them battle.
, as we understand, protested against the movement, preferring, as he alleged, that the enemy should make an attack on our breastworks.
, however, insisting that his plan should be carried into execution, Gen. Zollicoffer
, at the head of portions of Battle
's, and Murray
's Tennessee regiments, and the Fifteenth Mississippi regiment, under Col. Stratham
, together with an Alabama regiment, (the Fourteenth, we believe,) proceeded immediately to meet the opposing forces, and after marching seven miles, found the enemy some twenty-five thousand strong.
At eight o'clock in the morning of Sunday last, the nineteenth instant, the battle commenced, the enemy opening fire.
The Mississippi regiment was ordered to the right, and Battle
's to the left, and immediately afterward, riding up in front, Gen. Zollicoffer
advanced to within a short distance of an Ohio regiment, which had taken a position at a point unknown to him, and which he supposed to be one of his own regiments.
The first intimation he had of his dangerous position was received when it was too late.
“There's old Zollicoffer
,” cried out several of the regiment in front of him. “Kill him!”
and in an instant their pieces were levelled at his person.
At that moment Henry M. Fogg
, aid to Gen. Zollicoffer
, drew his revolver and fired, killing the person who first recognized Gen. Zollicoffer
With the most perfect coolness, Gen. Zollicoffer
approached to the head of the enemy, and drawing his sabre, cut the head of the Lincoln
colonel from his shoulders.
As soon as this was done, twenty bullets pierced the body of our gallant leader, and Gen. Zollicoffer
fell from his horse a mangled corpse.
The fight continued until about eleven o'clock, Col. Battle
's and Col. Stratham
's regiments bearing the brunt of the battle.
Before the engagement closed, at this point, however, Gen. Crittenden
ordered the entire force, with the exceptio; of the two regiments above named, back to their breastworks.
It was at this critical moment that our troops suffered the most.
Side by side the gallant Mississippi
regiments stood up against the overwhelming force of the enemy.
Three times the Spartan band charged upon the united host of the vandals, and unawed by the lifeless forms and dying groans of their comrades, they continued to dispute their right to desecrate the sacred soil of our sunny land, until they were compelled to retreat or fall into the hands of the spoilers.
At three o'clock in the evening our forces, who had gained their intrenchments, were again attacked, the enemy surrounding them on every side.
From this hour the battle raged furiously until eleven o'clock at night, at which time the confederates were compelled to abandon their position, leaving upon the field a large lot of provisions, the splendid batteries commanded by Captains Rutledge
, besides camp equipage, baggage, etc.
Among those reported killed in addition to the commander of the brigade, are the following: Lieut.-Col. Carter
, of Battle
's regiment, from Williamson County
; Tim Dodson
, a well-known citizen of this county; the gallant Lieut. E. B. Shields
, of this city; Lieut. Baillie Peyton, Jr.
, of Sumner County
; James Patterson
, of this county, color-bearer of Battle
's regiment; James Gray
, orderly-sergeant of Capt. Rice
's company, Col. Battle