was on this road, heaidng for Pleasant Hill
About the same hour, Taylor
was making a careful disposition of his small army.
The odds, which were an inspiration to him, were before him. His total force was 8,800 men— divided into 5,300 infantry, 3,000 mounted men and 500 artillery.
' force was estimated at 25,000 men, full.
The battle-ground was three miles from Mansfield
The country in this neighborhood is hilly and heavily wooded.
Over one of these hills the public road ran steeply.
Evidently the enemy understood the value of heights.
On the top of this high hill they had posted Nims
' famous battery, that Henry Watkins Allen
, colonel of the Fourth Louisiana, had hurled his men against, taken and lost, when wounded at Baton Rouge
's line of battle reached along the road.
In front of this line Taylor
rode, scanning the men as he passed.
As he breasted Polignac
, occupying the center of Mouton
's division, he called out cheerily: ‘Little Frenchman, I am going to fight Banks
if he has a million of men!’
's division occupied the right of the road facing Pleasant Hill
, with Buchel
's and Terrell
's cavalry, under Bee
, on the right.
On the left of the same road was Mouton
's superb division of Louisianians, with Major
's division of cavalry (dismounted) on Mouton
Each division of infantry was skillfully supported by artillery, Haldeman
's and Daniel's batteries on the right, in position with Walker
on the left were Cornay
's St. Mary's Cannoneers and Nettles
A little to the rear Debray
's cavalry rested on their horses.
Near them was McMahon
's battery, just in from the front with the cavalry advance.
's cavalry formed with the reserve artillery.
This holding of artillery in reserve was a proof of Taylor
's careful attention to the smallest details of the battle, on which so much depended.
The country, being at this time heavily timbered, offered no