's lighter artillery.
Then an assault was made on the First Missouri brigade, and repulsed.
's corps in solid columns, six lines deep, assaulted Green
's brigade on the left, and was received with a withering fire.
But at this critical moment the center broke and fled to the rear, leaving a wide gap, between Bowen
's right and left wings.
At once the Federals
dashed past Green
's brigade and filled the opening left by Vaughn
's brigade was surrounded and more than half of it captured.
Among the prisoners were Colonel Gates
and most of the men of his tried and veteran regiment.
Those of the brigade who escaped did so by swimming the river.
The men of the First brigade remained in the rifle-pits until ordered out by Colonel Cockrell
, and then it was a foot race between them and the Federals
for the bridge.
won it, though some of them were overtaken and had to surrender.
Some of the artillerists refused to leave their guns, and were captured in the act of loading and firing them.
All the artillery was captured, because, by an order of General Pemberton
, the horses had been taken to the other side of the river and the guns could not be moved.
The loss of the Confederates
in this affair was estimated at 260 killed and wounded and 3,000 prisoners, and that of the Federals
at 300 killed and wounded. The prisoners were afterward exchanged and returned to their commands at Demopolis
after the fall of Vicksburg
. Col. Elijah Gates
escaped two days after his capture, but could not reach his command at that time.
The advance of the Federals
was stopped by the arrival of Gen. M. L. Smith
's division from Vicksburg
, which formed on the brow of the hill and allowed the remnant of the beaten army to pass through it. By night the troops reached Vicksburg
, worn, broken and their ranks decimated, after having fought as valiantly as soldiers ever did. The First Missouri brigade was reduced to 1,600—more than one-half—and the Second Missouri brigade to 1,200.