the crossing of the Hatchie
' bridge was reached, Phifer
's and Martin
's brigades, of Van Dorn
's corps, charged and forced a passage, but before they could form on the other side were charged by the Federals
and driven back upon the river, where some were shot, some drowned and others escaped by swimming.
The Federals immediately crossed, formed and continued the charge.
's brigade met and checked them.
ordered a retreat of 400 yards at a time, each time a new line of battle being formed.
held the rear, and he was as hard pressed as General Price
was in front.
He took advantage of every hill, tree and fence to protect his men, and contested every foot of ground over which he passed.
Just before night he formed a line with a masked section of artillery supported by three regiments, and when the enemy got within close range the artillery opened on them and the infantry charged them, and they were hurled backward in confusion.
This stopped the pursuit for the day.
During the night General Price
learned of an obscure and unused road which led to a mill on the river about five miles below.
There was neither bridge nor ford, but there was a dam, and Price
concluded he could construct some sort of temporary bridge.
He therefore marched the army there, and with the dam as a basis made a bridge of the logs and puncheons and other timber lying about, and shortly after midnight had the artillery, the train and the men safely across and on the march around the flank of the obstructing force.
The march was continued until near Holly Springs
, where the weary soldiers pitched their tents and rested.
There the Missouri
commands were reorganized, Col. F. M. Cockrell
taking command of the First brigade, Col. Martin E. Green
of the Second, and Gen. John S. Bowen
of the division.
The First and the Fourth Missouri infantry were consolidated, Col. Archibald McFarlane
of the Fourth becoming colonel, and Col. A. C. Riley
of the First, lieutenant-colonel