both the brigade and Terrell's battery, the latter having lost very many gunners, and being without adequate support. . . . Then, by a flank attack by Nelson, and a direct one by Crittenden, aided by a concentric fire from the batteries of Mendenhall, Terrell, and Bartlett, he was driven beyond the position of his second and third batteries.1
The Confederates soon assumed a new position.
It was maintained, despite all the efforts of the Federals
, until General Beauregard
determined to retire his troops, at about 2.30 P. M., when some guns had to be abandoned for want of horses to carry them off the field.
's division had also been hotly engaged, shortly after Nelson
's, with the rest of Hardee
's and part of Breckinridge
's commands, and, after a severe contest of several hours, in which it had to be supported on the right, at about ten o'clock A. M., by several thousands of General Grant
's troops, under McClernand
, it was held at bay until two brigades, Gibson
's and Kirk
's, of McCook
's division, joined in the struggle.
His other brigade, Rousseau
's, containing three battalions of Regulars, had reached the field early in the morning and taken a position near General Sherman
Thus, McCook followed Crittenden in attacking the enemy.
This division met the same stubborn resistance, and made frequent charges.
Rousseau's brigade, having taken an advanced position early in the day, repulsed a charge as its introduction to battle.
It then gave a counter-blow, drove the opposing force some distance, and captured a battery.
The direction of Rousseau's advance left an opening between McCook and Crittenden, which the enemy perceived, and began to mass troops to occupy.
To prevent this, General McCook ordered Colonel Willich, commanding the 32d Indiana, to drive back the enemy, and, by the bayonet and bullet, this was gallantly accomplished.
The remainder of Gibson's brigade followed Willich, and soon both brigades, Rousseau's and Gibson's, were in hottest conflict.
Willich's regiment at one time became wedged between other forces, and, receiving their fire, was compelled to withdraw.
This led to confusion, but order was soon restored.
Kirk's brigade reached the field just as Rousseau had exhausted his ammunition, and took his position, that he might replenish.
While Rousseau was absent Gibson was severely pressed, as the enemy continued his movements to separate Crittenden and McCook.
His left regiment, the 49th Ohio, was involved in imminent danger, and was compelled to change front twice under fire to prevent the turning of the position.
Upon the return of Rousseau, his brigade, and two regiments of Hurlbut's division hitherto in reserve, went