It was these two commands and a little Arkansas
battalion that charged and captured the nine cannon.
was elated at the victory he had gained, and was at first disposed to remain in Iuka
and fight Grant
's whole force, but on reflection he yielded to the representations of his officers, and during the night commenced to withdraw.
The enemy made a feeble pursuit until they were checked by Bledsoe
's battery and the Second Texas rifles, and charged by McCulloch
's cavalry, which cooled their ardor to such an extent that they did not again fire a gun. The Confederate loss in these engagements was about 600 and that of the enemy was estimated at about 1,000.
The retreating army reached Baldwin
on the 22nd of September, and remained there four days, when it moved to Ripley
to form a junction with Van Dorn
was now at liberty to co-operate with Van Dorn
in an attack on Corinth
But his force, since the proposition was originally made, had been somewhat depleted, and Van Dorn
's had been reduced nearly one-half.
Then they could have taken the field with 25,000 or 30,000 men; now they could not muster more than 19,000.
's division had been taken from Van Dorn
's command, and 5,000 exchanged prisoners who had been promised had not yet been sent him. Price
's force numbered about 12,000— nearly 10,000 infantry, 2,000 cavalry and 42 guns.
's strength was about 6,800—6,000 infantry and 800 cavalry.
The two commands moved from Ripley
on the 1st of October.
On the 2nd they bivouacked at Chewalla
, eight miles from Corinth
, and at dawn on the 3rd they attacked the town, Price
's command holding the left and Van Dorn
's the right.
The line of battle when formed on the north side of the railroad was three miles from Corinth
The enemy occupied the defenses constructed by Beauregard
the previous spring.
At ten o'clock the line moved forward and confronted the line of the enemy.
The timber covering the slopes had been felled and