enemy by surprise, capturing one or more batteries and doubling up his line in confusion.
In the first onset, Gen. J. S. Jackson
, a Kentuckian commanding a division; General Terrill
, a cousin of Gen. J. E. B. Stuart
; and Col. George Webster
, commanding brigades, were killed.
fell among the guns of a battery which he was apparently directing to check the onslaught.
It, however, proved irresistible, and the Federal
left was forced back a full mile, with the loss of 400 prisoners, including the staff officers and General McCook
's servants, carriage and baggage.
By this move our alignment was somewhat broken, there being quite an interval between Cheatham
's left and the right of Buckner
But advantage was not taken of it, as the contest upon the left and center was severe enough to engage the full attention of the enemy.
It was a square stand up, handto-hand fight.
The batteries and lines of both sides could be seen distinctly except when occasionally obscured by the dense smoke which alternately hung over the scene or was blown off by the western breeze.
The point of most stubborn resistance was in the center, where Rousseau
's division was assailed by Buckner
There was here a large barn which afforded a vantage ground to the enemy.
In the midst of the fiercest contest it was fired by a Confederate shell and soon the flames shot high into the air. The effect seemed favorable for dislodging the opposing force, and a charge with a shout carried the Confederate
line several hundred yards farther.
In this severe struggle the loss on both sides was heavy, but particularly so on that of the Federal
in the Fifteenth Kentucky regiment, Col. Curran Pope
being wounded, and Lieut.-Col. Geo. P. Jouett
and Maj. W. P. Campbell
The enemy had, pending third engagement in the center, reformed in a strong position in Cheatham
's front, and the battle raged along the whole line, which it not continuous, faced in the same