swept by General Walker
Simultaneously with this assault, Fagan
advanced against Hindman hill and carried the last of the line of rifle-pits, but was enfiladed from Graveyard hill
(Battery C) before the advance upon the latter by General Price
's charge upon the redoubt was repulsed, and he took refuge behind the inner line of breastworks.
After sunrise (an hour after ‘daylight’), General Price
brought his troops into position to make the assault on Graveyard hill
, and moving forward, with a magnificent charge carried the rifle-pits, breastworks, and entered the redoubts without a halt (Battery C). The enemy, before retreating, had wedge-shotted his abandoned guns, so that the Confederates
could not use them.
From time to time the enemy made repeated assaults on Graveyard hill
; but were always successfully repulsed by McRae
, finding that Parsons
could hold the works, proposed to assault Hindman hill in the rear, against which Fagan
was vainly engaged; but upon essaying this movement, with the troops at his disposal, was fired on from Fort Curtis, from the rifle-pits, and on his flank by the heavy missiles from the gunboat Tyler
, and was compelled to withdraw his gallant command to shelter in the timber and ravines.
having retired from the assault, Parsons
alone held the field, and though advanced upon in front and on both flanks by infantry, and under cross-fire of the artillery from the right and left, maintained his position and repulsed every assault until ordered by the commanding general
to retire, at 10:30, after five hours continuous and deadly conflict.
The return of casualties compiled in the War Records
shows a loss, in McRae
's Arkansas brigade, of 46 killed, 168 wounded, 133 missing, total, 347; of which total the Thirty-sixth (Glenn
's) regiment lost 159.
's Arkansas brigade lost 47 killed, 115 wounded, 273 missing, total, 435.
' Missouri brigade lost 61 killed, 304