direction of their commands were too intent upon the efforts of brigades, and even regiments, thus losing sight of the disjointed remainder, and neglecting to combine efficiently the service of the artillery and infantry.
Brigades and regiments, as well as batteries, were often, for this reason, at a stand-still without orders; and sometimes, from the same lack of cohesion, bodies of our own troops were mistaken for the enemy and even fired into on the flank or rear, and thrown into some confusion.
Other commands, after casualties, remained without leadership from a ranking officer, until so reported to General Beauregard
, and by him supplied through his staff.
Straggling also began early in the day, a great many men being engaged in the plunder of the captured camps, while numbers made their way to the rear.
used part of the cavalry, under his staff and escort, to drive them out of the camps, and when collected, they were formed into battalions, officered as well as could be done under the circumstances, and again sent forward.
Thus all loose or halting commands were attached to the readiest lines of movement, or to those needing reinforcement.
At about half-past 12, part of Pond
's brigade and two regiments of Cleburne
's brigade, united under Colonel Pond
, with a battery and squadron of cavalry, were ordered to assail the Federal
Here, between twelve and one o'clock, Sherman
's and McClernand
's forces began to fall back,1
and, at half-past 1, General Beauregard
ordered General Hardee
to throw the cavalry2
upon the retreating regiments, sending a force by a circuitous way, and under screen of the woods, against the right rear, so as to cut them off. The movement was vigorously executed, though a part of the force, carried too far by its ardor, and coming upon an unseen body of the enemy in a wood, was repulsed; but the remainder, under Morgan
, charged and drove back the retreating battalions, capturing a number of guns.
At two o'clock, General Beauregard
again sent orders to General Hardee3
to push the enemy's right with vigor, and Sherman
's and McClernand
's troops now rapidly gave way, the larger part of them retiring towards Snake Creek
, where they remained aside from the scene of conflict; another part retreating upon Wallace