two divisions of Federals under Gen. John Pope
, and General Beauregard
made an attempt to capture them.
was to attack their center and General Bragg
their left wing, and hold them until Generals Van Dorn
could move around their left and get in their rear.
was too eager or the Federal
commander too timid, for before Van Dorn
, who had to cross a heavy swamp, got in position, Pope
became alarmed and retreated, leaving behind him his tent and some of his military accouterments.
's soldiers only got a flying shot at the enemy as they escaped.
The affair was described by General Pope
in one of his dispatches, as a hard fight and a great victory, and has been the principal stock in trade of Gen. John M. Palmer
, who was present as a subordinate officer, ever since.
is situated in a low, flat, marshy country, and General Beauregard
's command suffered severely from sickness.
The bad drinking-water and the constant exposure to which the men were subjected, were more deadly than the guns of the enemy.
, having held the place as long as was necessary for military purposes, determined late in May to evacuate it, which he did so successfully that he did not leave a gun nor a wagon behind, and so quietly that the enemy did not know of his departure until he was entirely beyond their reach.
In point of fact the enemy opened a heavy fire on the works the day after he left, supposing he was still there.
The Missouri troops held the rear of the retreating army, but were not disturbed, because there was no pursuit.
's command went into camp at Baldwin
, June 1st, remained there a week and then moved to Priceville
, where they stayed a month, and then moved to Tupelo
and finally, on the 29th of July, to Saltillo
what remained of the State Guard left for the TransMis-sissippi department, under command of General Parsons