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[342] D. C. Govan; Fifth, Lieut.-Col. John E. Murray; Sixth and Seventh, Col. Samuel G. Smith (Colonel Shaver ordered west); Eighth, Col. John H. Kelly, Lieut.-Col. G. F. Baucum; Swett's battery. Brigadier-General McNair's brigade (McCown's division)—First Arkansas rifles, Col. Robert W. Harper; Second rifles, Col. H. G. Bunn; Thirtieth infantry, Maj. J. J. Franklin; Fourth battalion, Maj. J. A. Ross; Capt. J. T. Humphreys' battery.

The battle of Murfreesboro opened on the morning of December 31, 1862, with the attack by Hardee upon the Federal right. McCown advanced in the first line, with McNair on the right, Cleburne's division at first in the second line. The sight of this advance was magnificent. The enemy was taken by surprise and swept back in confusion. McCown kept on in a westerly direction and Cleburne came up in the front (and single) Confederate line, and they still drove the enemy back through fields and cedar brakes. Before Cleburne had quite closed up the gap made by McCown's diversion from the right wheel, McNair halted to protect the flank, and Liddell hurrying up gallantly, the two Arkansas brigades charged the enemy with impetuosity, took his battery, and were in full pursuit before they could be reinforced. General McNair, who had come to the field from a sick bed, here was compelled to turn over his command to Colonel Harper. ‘By this time,’ said General Hardee, who is here followed, ‘the men and their ammunition were exhausted by a two-mile chase and fight.’ But soon Liddell and McNair pushed forward again toward the Nashville road. Harper drove the enemy from a cedar brake, but was ordered back under cover of Humphreys' battery. Cleburne, with Polk on his right, had met a stern resistance, but after a bloody struggle crushed the Federal line in his front. The Second Arkansas again routed the Twenty-second Indiana, which it had punished so severely at Perryville. Cleburne was now in advance

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