Loring on the right, Stevenson
on the left and Bowen
in the center.
, however, were moved about from point to point during the morning, and at noon were formed on a ridge in a cornfield, about a mile from their original position.
After an artillery duel of half an hour between the batteries of Walsh
and a section of Guibor
's and a greater number of Federal guns, in which the enemy were worsted and finally compelled to withdraw, Grant
hurled a heavy infantry force against Stevenson
on the left, and after an hour's fighting drove him back in confusion.
's division was ordered to support Stevenson
and restore the broken line.
As the Missourians passed General Pemberton
they cheered him bravely and plunged into the fight, Cockrell
leading the First brigade in front, with Green
at the head of the Second brigade close behind him. From the firing of the first gun the fighting was desperate.
The ground in dispute was a section of high hills and deep hollows.
The line forced its way, though stubbornly opposed, and in a short time recaptured the artillery lost by Stevenson
's division and captured one of the enemy's batteries.
The lines were so close and the fighting was so furious that there was no place for artillery.
It was man to man and musket to musket.
The ground was fought over three times.
As the enemy was borne back the Missourians were confronted with new lines, and recoiling temporarily before these, they renewed the assault, and at one time fought their way to within sight of the enemy's ordnance train, the wagons of which were being turned and driven to the rear.
In this extremity Grant
began to mass troops on both flanks of the division and Bowen
found himself confronted by an enemy greatly stronger than his command, consisting of the two Missouri
brigades and the Twelfth Louisiana regiment, not exceeding 5,000 men. The enemy was on three sides, leaving only his rear open.
Under these circumstances it was necessary for Bowen