D. C. Govan
; Fifth, Lieut.-Col. John E. Murray
; Sixth and Seventh, Col. Samuel G. Smith
ordered west); Eighth, Col. John H. Kelly
, Lieut.-Col. G. F. Baucum
'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
The battle of Murfreesboro
opened on the morning of December 31, 1862, with the attack by Hardee
upon the Federal
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.
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.
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.
, 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
pushed forward again toward the Nashville
drove the enemy from a cedar brake, but was ordered back under cover of Humphreys
, 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
was now in advance