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[338] of the Federals, McCray's men did not retreat, but reserving their fire, received the assault with murderous volleys, and then by making a dashing charge against fearful odds, put the enemy to flight. A march of two miles brought the pursuers upon Nelson's well-fed legion. returned from Shiloh and wearing the ‘laurel,’ splendidly equipped and occupying favorable positions on a ridge with both flanks resting upon woodlands. Churchill marched around to the left and opened the attack. When Churchill's musketry was heard, Cleburne's division went forward at double-quick, under the murderous fire of twice their numbers, and drove the enemy in confusion from the field and through the town.

In the first engagement of his division, General Cleburne was hit by a bullet from a sharpshooter, in the left side of his face, driving the teeth of that side out of his mouth and compelling him to leave the field. Col. Lucius E. Polk, commanding the Thirteenth and Fifteenth Arkansas, was badly wounded about the same time, Lieut.-Col. A. R. Brown succeeding him. Gen. Preston Smith took command of the division. The Confederate loss was 98 killed and 492 wounded. The casualties of the enemy were twice that number. The total capture was estimated at 5,000 prisoners, 20 pieces of artillery, 10,000 rifles, wagons, teams, and stores of great value. The Fourth Arkansas was now able to change its flintlock muskets for the latest Springfield rifles with saber bayonets, and all the men improved the opportunity to supply themselves with stores, shoes, hats and clothing of all kinds. Colonel McNair was promoted to brigadier-general ‘for gallantry and bravery on the battlefield of Richmond, Ky.’ The Arkansas troops all shared the honors as they had the dangers of the battle, and now becoming better equipped were ready for the field again.

Gen. Kirby Smith moved on Lexington, September 1st, with three divisions, Cleburne's, Churchill's and Heth's, and entered that city on the 4th, welcomed with demonstrations

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