I put wagons and men at this work and returned to you. You then directed me, about 2 P. M., to find and locate a field battery at a point in rear, near the corner of a field on the west side. I did so, under the fire of which and other batteries our troops retired deliberately, the enemy not advancing. I was more or less engaged, gathering guns and other property into wagons, until you were ready to start back to Corinth, when I accompanied you, with Governor Harris, by the shortest road to Corinth, where we arrived late at night. Very truly,
B. B. Waddell, ex-Vol. A. D. C.
Extracts from Colonel Jacob Thompson's Report of the battle of Shiloh.
battle of Shiloh. * * * * * * * * * Soon after this, General Hardee, accompanied by his staff, came forward and pressed you to ride along his line and show yourself to his men. He believed it would revive and cheer their spirits to know that you were actually in the field with them. You accepted the invitation, though then complaining of feebleness, on condition there should be no cheering. On your return from the review, with your staff, every one was stopped for the coming up of General Polk's corps. The whole army was not in position until about three o'clock, and then, upon consultation, it was decided to postpone any further movement until morning. The troops slept on their arms, and the front lines were allowed no fires, although the night was quite chilly. Next morning, Sunday, 6th, the sky was without a cloud, and the sun arose with cheering brilliancy. About five o'clock the first firing was heard in the centre down the Pittsburg road. In less than three minutes firing was heard on the left. Intermittent firing in the centre and on the right of our lines was continued until five minutes after six o'clock. At half after six I bore order from you to General Breckinridge, who commanded the reserve, that he must hurry forward his troops, inasmuch as General Polk was in motion. This order was promptly delivered. Soon after this General Johnston called on you and expressed himself satisfied with the manner in which the battle had been opened. The greatest enthusiasm prevailed both with officers and men. When you established your headquarters on the high point between the Pittsburg and Hamburg roads, heavy firing was heard on our right. The first cannon was discharged on our left at seven o'clock, which was followed by a rapid discharge of musketry. About half-past 7 I rode forward with Colonel Jordan to the front, to find General Johnston, and ascertain how the battle was going. There I was informed, by General Johnston, that General Hardee's line was within half a mile of the enemy's camps, and bore from him a message to you that he advised the sending forward strong reinforcements to our left, as he had just