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[339] of joy by the inhabitants. Here stores were captured valued even at millions. His forces then approached Covington, but made no attack upon the Federals there, and proceeded to Georgetown, Mount Sterling and Frankfort.

General Bragg, with his army of the Mississippi, was on his way to join the army of General Smith, having marched with Hardee's and Polk's commands from Chattanooga by the eastern route, passing the flank of Buell, causing the evacuation of middle Tennessee and northern Alabama by the Federals, and capturing 5,000 of the enemy at Munfordville, Ky. Buell, however, managed to win the race to Louisville.

General Hardee, with his command at Perryville, on October 7th, observed the enemy massing against him. On the 7th, Liddell's Arkansas brigade was in advance of Hardee, supporting the cavalry of Wheeler, who was drawing the shells of the enemy, many of which fell in Liddell's lines. The Seventh Arkansas, under Lieut.-Col. Peter Snyder, held a woodland in front. Wheeler was forced back that night, and next day the battle of Perryville was opened by the Federals with an attack driving in Liddell's skirmishers. Colonel Gillespie, of the Seventh, was ordered to regain the woods, and the Fifth, Col. L. Featherston, Lieut.-Col. John E. Murray and Maj. P. V. Green, went to Gillespie's assistance, but the enemy was found in great force, and Liddell was soon ordered to retire to the main line. In the afternoon the battle raged with fury. The Confederates taking the initiative, a general assault was made, in which Cleburne's brigade, which was again with Hardee, attacked the angle of the enemy's line with impetuous valor and irresistible force. The enemy was driven back in disorder. Toward evening, Liddell's brigade, which had borne the opening shock of battle, was called to give the final blow. About 5:30 Colonel Perkins, of Hardee's staff, found Liddell with the message: ‘General Hardee

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