As it was, one Federal regiment got in his rear, but coming in range of Landis
' battery it was driven back the way it came by his fire.
The loss of the division was terrible.
The dead and wounded of both armies lay in piles on the hillsides and in the hollows.
The division, at the most critical point, had been hurled into the struggle where it was hottest, and left to fight it out unaided.
's division was not engaged, but he and Stevenson
lost all their artillery, while Bowen
did not lose a gun. In the retreat Loring
made his way to General Johnston
Among the killed of Bowen
's command was Colonel McKinney
, who was an exchanged prisoner, captured in north Missouri
while recruiting, and was making his way to the TransMissis-sippi department.
He had about 100 men with him, and had attached himself temporarily to the Fifth Missouri infantry.
Among the mortally wounded was Lieutenant-Colonel Hubbard
of the Third infantry.
The Confederate loss in the battle is given at 1,250 killed and wounded, and 2,000 prisoners, and the Federal
loss as 1,580 killed and wounded.
From this stricken field Pemberton
fell back to the railroad bridge across the Big Black river
, and his men occupied the fortifications they had constructed there a few days before.
The First Missouri brigade was on the right of the railroad, the Second Missouri brigade on the left, and Vaughn
's brigade in the center.
's division was held in reserve on the opposite side of the river.
' battery was placed on the bluffs overlooking the fortifications, and the other eighteen guns of Bowen
's artillery were planted in the redans and on the parapets of the fortifications.
's guns, although recaptured by the Missourians at Baker's Creek
after they had been lost, had been left on the field, because there were no horses to haul them away.
At daylight on the morning of the 17th the enemy opened fire with some heavy guns, which were answered