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[534] then learned that the enemy was there in great force. Under this advice, two of General Breckinridge's brigades were started to the support of the left, but before he proceeded far I bore a message to General Breckinridge to send but one to the left, and to order two brigades to the right, on Lick Creek. This change was made in consequence of information brought by a courier that the enemy was not strong on our left, and had fallen back. From eight to halfpast eight the cannonading was very heavy along the whole line, but especially in the centre, which was in the line of their camps. It was about this time General Breckinridge and staff moved by your headquarters with two brigades. When his troops had passed, you broke up your headquarters at this point and moved forward with your staff, and halted on the Pittsburg road, about half a mile west of the enemy's camps. Here we met large numbers of wounded men and stragglers from our ranks. Immediately your whole staff was ordered to rally the stragglers and send them forward to their regiments. I was charged with the duty of hurrying forward the ammunition wagons to a point of safety in the rear of our lines. Several loads of ammunition were conducted to a point of safety beyond the first encampment, to a point just outside of the firing. After passing over the second ridge, where the conflict was maintained with the greatest intensity, and remaining till I observed the enemy give back before our troops, I returned to your quarters, which had then been moved up to the old house on the ridge, where we first entered the enemy's encampment.

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With high respect and esteem, your obedient servant,



Extract from General Hardee's Report of the battle of Shiloh.

Headquarters Hardee's corps, February, 1863.
General,— * * * * * *

The order was given to advance at daylight on Sunday, the 6th of April. The morning was bright and bracing. At early dawn the enemy attacked the skirmishers in front of my line, commanded by Major, now Colonel, Hardcastle, which was resisted handsomely by that promising young officer, and the battle, in half an hour, became fierce; my command advanced. Hindman's brigade engaged the enemy with great vigor, on the edge of a wood, and drove him rapidly back over the field towards Pittsburg, while Gladden's brigade on the right, about eight o'clock, dashed upon the encampments of a division under the command of General Prentiss. At the same time, Cleburne's brigade, with the 15th Arkansas deployed as skirmishers, and the 2d Tennessee en echelon, on the left, moved quickly through the fields, and, though far outflanked by the enemy on our left, rushed forward under a terrific fire from the serried ranks drawn up in front of the camp. A morass covered his front, and, being difficult to pass, caused a break in the brigade. Deadly volleys were poured upon the men from behind bales of hay and other defences as they advanced, and, after a series of desperate charges, the brigade was compelled to fall back. In this


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