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1 General Prentiss, in his report of the battle, written after his return from captivity, thus alludes to this memorable incident: ‘. . . I determined to assail the enemy, which had passed between me and the river, charging upon him with my entire force. I found him advancing in mass, completely encircling my command, and nothing was left but to harass him and retard his progress so long as might be possible. This I did until 5.30 P. M., when finding that further resistance must result in the slaughter of every man in the command, I had to yield the fight. The enemy succeeded in capturing myself and twenty-two hundred rank and file, many of them wounded.’
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