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[532] river several miles below Pittsburg Landing, had reached the battle-field. Our left had advanced beyond the point at which General Wallace would have been expected to cross Owl Creek, in a march by the west side of the Tennessee, leaving our army and position sadly exposed in the event of such a movement on his part. I stated to you my fears that Buell had arrived; that I had been able to see, from an elevated point, on my trip from Lick Creek, what I believed to be the smoke of transport boats crossing or coming up the river.

Every resource and effort on your part was exerted at that critical point with the shattered forces at your command.

The word wasOnward, onward! a few more minutes, men, and the field is ours.’

The struggle was, for a while, furious; but night came, and the weary, wornout soldiers who had been in line for the past thirty hours, and under incessant fire for the past twelve hours, without food or water (many of whom had seen their brothers or comrades fall on that bloody field), with coming darkness ceased their efforts, and the rattle of musketry ended.

I was engaged with the removal to the rear of a large number of prisoners. captured with General Prentiss, until about sunset or after, and until late at night, giving the best direction I could to soldiers who had lost their respective commands.

I saw you at Headquarters No. 4, near the Shiloh meeting-house, about dark, from which time I did not see you until early Monday morning; but I have always been under the impression that I heard you come to the tent in which you slept, if you slept at all, late at night. It rained torrents during the night.

Monday, the 7th.—I was awakened early in the morning by the rattle of musketry. The enemy was advancing steadily on our forces in front. I was soon in the saddle, and you directed me to go to the rear and find General Polk, and order him to come forward as rapidly as possible. Captain Clifton Smith, I think, accompanied me.

For some reason, I did not meet General Polk until I had gone to or near the place to which he had fallen back the previous night. He had gone to the front; and when I found him he was in line and under fire, executing in a most beautiful manner the order I had for him. I reported to you the fact, and was then sent to the rear to arrest and organize in companies and squads the stragglers and men who had lost their commands. At this I was engaged, I think, until noon or later.

I then went forward, found a number of your staff under shelter at the meeting-house (a log-house) near Headquarters No. 4. I learned afterwards you had ordered your staff to that shelter, and had gone forward. Keeping as well as I could under shelter of the elevation in front, until I got near you, I joined you on the hill, where you were giving direction to troops which were, I think, lying down, with a view to reserving their fire for the enemy, then in full view.

After remaining with you in this exposed condition a short time, we rode together down the hill, not far from the log-house, probably crossing the depression, about which time, say 1 o'clock P. M., you directed me to have the muskets and arms about the camps in rear loaded into wagons and taken to the rear.


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