was killed and his commissary badly wounded.
But the regiment took the position it was ordered to take and held it, though in half an hour it lost 100 out of 500 men.
The fighting was now furious.
In the words of Schofield
, ‘The engagement had become inconceivably fierce all along the entire line, the enemy appearing in front, often in three or four ranks, lying down, kneeling and standing, and the line often approaching to within thirty or forty yards, as the enemy would charge upon Totten
's battery and would be driven back.’
was painfully wounded in the side, but did not leave the field.
He only said to those who were near him that if he were as slim as Lyon
the bullet would not have hit him. Weightman
was borne to the rear dying; Cawthorn
and his adjutant were mortally wounded; Slack
was desperately wounded; Clark
was shot in the leg; Col. Ben Brown
was killed; Colonel Allen
, of General Price
's staff, was killed by the side of his chief; Colonels Burbridge
and numerous field officers were disabled.
was worse hurt than Price
He had, however, risked everything on the chance, and in the shadow of impending defeat was determined to make a supreme effort to reverse the tide that was setting strongly against him. Dismounted, he was leading his horse along his battle line, speaking words of encouragement to his men, when his horse was killed and he was wounded.
He was dazed by the shock, but quickly recovered, mounted another horse, and, drawing his sword, called upon his men to follow him. A moment after a ball struck him in the breast and he fell from his horse, and in another moment was dead.
In the pause that occurred following Lyon
's death, Price
was reinforced by Dockery
's Arkansas regiment, a section of Reid
's battery and the Third Louisiana regiment.
Thus strengthened, he was better prepared to hold his ground than he had been at any time during the day. The command of the Federal
army devolved on Major