two days a ‘seat of war.’
Again did it hear in its streets the martial drumbeats; again see the two armies drawn up, facing each other as stoutly as they had done at Shiloh
, near by. Price
had hoped that an attack upon Corinth
would thrust Grant
back from the public eye, neutralizing his victory so recently gained.
Eager in his movements, Van Dorn
upon this hope had acted on the spot.
, with Grant
as his adviser, was at Corinth
with 23,000 men. Van Dorn
, for the attack, had about the same number.
Coming in on the northwest of the town he cut Rosecrans
, who was not far off. Van Dorn
had a plan to feint upon Rosecrans
' left, thereby drawing troops from his right.
Upon the wing so depleted Price
was to fall and crush it. This was done on the 3d.
A gap was soon made in Rosecrans
' line, into which Van Dorn
hastened to pour and drive back his enemy's left and center; his right, however, still remaining intact to threaten Van Dorn
Night fell, and with it the combat closed.
The next day, at dawn, Van Dorn
advanced into the town and for an hour could not be put out. He soon found, however, that he could not move one step forward.
Here was a quandary.
stoutly holding his position, Van Dorn
, now in some doubt for himself, decided to retreat.
Under cover of a new attack, he fell back skillfully, the enemy not following.
The battle of Corinth
was a strong attack and defense, a cut and thrust movement, leading to no results save the taking of Corinth
as an active factor from the arena of war. Its year for ‘war's dread alarum's,’ with formidable muster of both armies, was emphatically 1862.1
The Confederates in two columns, meanwhile, had marched into the friendly State of Kentucky
. E. Kirby Smith
, commanding an army at Knoxville
, took one line of the advance and defeated the enemy in a spirited