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‘Here, in the hot pursuit, the 21st and 25th Alabama became separated from me in the woods, and, before I had time to find them, I received an order from General Withers to form on the extreme left, where I remained until night came on, and then attempted to get back to the camp I had left, but got into a different one.’

11. General Withers, commanding division, in his Report, p. 239 of the same work, says:

‘. . . The cavalry was thrown to our front. Thus we remained until dark, the entire army, with the exception of the cavalry, having retired from the field, when we received an order from General Bragg that, holding the command in readiness to form line of battle at any moment, we would fall back to Mickey's.’

12. In his Report, Colonel John D. Martin, commanding 2d Confederate regiment, and Bowen's brigade, of General Breckinridge's division, says:

‘When within three hundred or four hundred yards of the river the enemy opened on us with their gunboats and two batteries, in position near the bank of the river, which sounded trouble and looked ugly and hurt but few. Our men began to discover this fact. Being now nearly night, I fell back, by order of General Bragg, to the first encampment in the tents farthest from the river, where we stayed all night, feasting upon stores of the enemy, visited occasionally by a shell from their gunboats. Major-General Hardee and General Withers came to our encampment, where they remained all night.’

13. Colonel R. P. Trabue, commanding 1st Kentucky brigade, Breckinridge's division, in his Report, says:

‘From this position, when it was nearly dark, we were ordered to the rear to encamp, which movement was effected in good order. I followed, in the darkness of the night, the Purdy Road, after having reunited to my command Byrne's battery and the others of my troops who had been detached to the right, not including, however, Cobb's battery.’

14. Colonel John C. Moore, 2d Texas regiment, says (‘Confederate Reports of Battles,’ p. 271):

‘Seeing this state of things, we made a rapid retreat from our unpleasant position, and proceeded back to the camp last taken, having been told that we would here receive further orders. It was dark when we reached the camp, and after waiting an hour or so, we bivouacked near the encampment, in a drenching rain.’

15. General J. K. Jackson, commanding 3d brigade, Withers's division, in his Report (same work), p. 266, says:

‘. . . I proceeded to obtain orders from General Withers; but, before seeing him, was ordered by a staff officer to retire. This order was announced to me as coming from General Beauregard, and was promptly communicated to my command. In the darkness of the night, which had then fallen upon us, my regiments became separated from each other,’ etc.

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