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[289] for about half an hour, as the enemy's movements were concealed.1 This proved a valuable respite to the Federals, pending which, report coming to that quarter that the enemy was forming in line of battle some distance off, on the right flank, General Johnston led Chalmers's and Jackson's brigades back across the ravine and southeast three quarters of a mile to the right, until the right of Chalmers rested on Lick Creek bottom, Jackson forming on his left. Here they were halted for about half an hour, while the position of the enemy (Stuart's brigade) was being ascertained.2

After General Breckinridge's two brigades had passed headquarters in their movement to the right, General Beauregard sent Johnson's brigade, of General Polk's corps, as a further reinforcement to the right; and, thereupon, at about 9.20 A. M., moved with his staff to a more advanced position, on the road to Pittsburg, now giving more particular attention to the conflict on the left.3 Here General Ruggles's division, of General Bragg's corps, the second line of attack, had come into position on General Hardee's left, and was ready to grapple with General Sherman, who, supported now by all of McClernand's division and Wright's regiment of Wallace's second brigade,4 was endeavoring to cling to the position of Shiloh.

The severity of the contest, thus far, was attested by the large number of wounded found on the way. A great many stragglers were also met, whom General Beauregard's staff5 and escort present were at once employed in reorganizing and leading forward to their regiments. As General Ruggles's division, the left of General Bragg's line, was inclining to the right before making its direct movement forward, an interval occurred between the leading brigade, Gibson's, and its two other brigades, Anderson's and Pond's.6 A brigade of General Polk's division, believed to be Russell's,7 which had been ordered forward by General Beauregard,

1 Chalmers's Report, ‘Confederate Official Reports of Battles,’ p. 257.

2 Generals Withers's, Chalmers's, and Jackson's Reports, ‘Confederate Reports of Battles,’ pp. 235, 257, 265.

3 Reports of General Beauregard's Staff, in Appendix.

4 Colonel Wright's Report, ‘Rebellion Record,’ p. 370.

5 Reports of General Beauregard's Staff, in Appendix.

6 General Bragg's Report, ‘Confederate Reports of Battles,’ p. 227.

7 Major Clack's Report, ‘Confederate Reports of Battles,’ p. 317.

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