he soon became satisfied that Grant
had not moved, but was in a position on his left to cut him off from his base of supplies.
At this time Price
received another proposition from Van Dorn
, to join their forces and move against Grant
A council of war was called, the proposition considered and it was determined to comply with it. The movement to join Van Dorn
was to have begun at daylight next morning.
But the enemy were on the alert, and about four o'clock that evening Rosecrans
with a heavy force appeared on Price
's front and forced back a considerable body of new troops, but was checked in turn and driven back, with a loss of nine pieces of artillery, by the First Missouri brigade, the Third Louisiana regiment and Whitfield
's Texas legion. ‘But one reflection saddened every heart,’ says Gen. Dabney H. Maury
, in an account of the battle.
‘Gen. Henry Little
had fallen dead in the very execution of the advance which had won the bloody field.
He was conversing with General Price
when he was shot through the head, and fell from his horse without a word.
He was buried that night by torchlight in Iuka
No more efficient soldier than Henry Little ever fought for a good cause.
The magnificent Missouri
brigade, the finest body of men I had then ever seen, or have ever since seen, was the creation of his untiring devotion to duty and his remarkable qualities as a commander.
In camp he was diligent in instructing his officers in their duty and providing for the comfort and efficiency of his men, and on the battlefield he was as steady, cool and able a commander as I have ever seen.
His eyes closed forever on the happiest spectacle he could behold, and the last throbs of his heart were amidst the victorious shouts of his charging brigade.’
‘The battle,’ adds General Maury
, ‘had been brief, but was one of the fiercest and bloodiest of the war.’
The Third Louisiana lost nearly half its men killed and wounded, and Whitfield
's legion suffered almost