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[166] and Douglas' battery. In General Hardee's report of the impetuous advance of his corps, which crumbled the left wing of Rosecrans' army, he said: ‘I ordered Wharton to make a detour of the enemy's right and to fall upon their flank and rear, while the infantry and artillery moved upon them in front. He dashed forward at daylight at a gallop. . . . Capt. S. P. Christian, of the Texas Rangers, with four companies, charged and took a complete battery of the enemy, with all its guns, caissons, horses and artillerists. . . . Wharton afterward swept around toward the Nashville pike, and found the enemy's cavalry in position to defend their menaced trains. Harrison, Ashby and Hardy were ordered to charge. This was met by a countercharge. . . . Wharton's entire brigade was now ordered to charge. . . . The enemy fled in wild dismay.’ Of the advance of the infantry Hardee said:
The enemy were broken and driven through a cedar brake after a rapid and successful charge by McCown's command (Ector in the center), in which Gen. August Willich and many prisoners were taken. A signal instance of courage was shown by Col. J. C. Burks, of the Eleventh Texas. This brave officer, though mortally wounded, still led and cheered on his regiment until he fell exhausted at its head. Another instance was shown by Sergt. A. Sims, flag-bearer of the Tenth Texas, who, seeing a Federal flag-bearer endeavoring to rally his regiment, sprang forward, seized the standard, and in the struggle both were shot down, waving their flags with their last breath. The Federal flag was captured.

Ector's brigade pushed on until very close to Rosecrans' headquarters, into a position where, Ector reported, ‘The cedars were falling and being trimmed by bombs, canister and iron hail, which seemed to fill the air. My men had not yielded an inch, but sheltering themselves behind the rocks, would lie down and load, rise to their knees, and fire into the closed blue line not over 60 yards from them. I saw their officers several times trying to ’

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