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[591] Having moved by the left flank some half mile, the enemy, by a rapid movement, threw their line in a column of regiments and advanced up the hill. They were again met by the same stubborn resistance that before repulsed them.

General Lowry coming to my assistance with one of his regiments, I had it moved in rear of my line until the enemy had advanced within forty yards of my line, when I ordered it up in line with First Arkansas regiment, and at the same time throwing the Second Tennessee down the hill upon the left flank of the enemy. They were again driven back to the foot of the hill in great confusion. The enemy still continued moving over the rail road bridge in heavy column, and about one o'clock commenced moving rapidly to our right in two colums, one coming direct from the railroad bridge, and the other moving some three hundred yards beyond the foot of the ridge. This being reported to General Cleburne, he ordered my command to withdraw, and take a position some two miles to the rear of Taylor's ridge.

This move was made in perfect order. The enemy did not advance upon Taylor's ridge until we have taken our position two miles in the rear. We remained there until 9 o'clock; leaving our bivouac fires brightly burning, moved to Tunnel hill. In this fight, the officers and men all acted with the greatest bravery. Colonel Robinson, Second Texas, was slightly wounded in the arm, and Lieutenant-Colonel Martin, First Arkansas, in the leg. Lieutenant-Colonel Cole, of Fifth Confederate regiment was, I fear, mortally wounded. A correct list of casualties has been furnished from my brigade. My thanks are due to all the members of my staff for services rendered.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. E. Polk, Brigadier-General.

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