As it was, however, the moment Logan
left the road, the enemy, alarmed for his line of retreat, finding it, indeed, not only threatened, but almost gone, at once abandoned his position in front; at this crisis a national battery opened from the right, pouring a well-directed fire, and the victorious troops of Hovey
pressing on, the enemy once more gave way; the rebel line was rolled back for the third time, and the battle decided.
Before the result of the final charge was known, Logan
rode eagerly up to Grant
, declaring that if one more dash could be made in front, he would advance in the rear, and complete the capture of the rebel army.
Grant at once rode forward in person, and found the troops that had been so gallantly engaged for hours withdrawn from their most advanced position, and refilling their cartridge-boxes.
Explaining the position of Logan
's force, he directed them to use all dispatch and push forward as rapidly as possible.
He proceeded himself in haste to what had been Pemberton
's line, expecting every moment to come up with the enemy, but found the rebels had already broken and fled from the field.
's attack had precipitated the rout, and the battle of Champion's hill was won. This was between three and four o'clock in the afternoon.
Arriving now at the Raymond
saw on his left, and along the next ridge, a column of troops approaching, which proved to be Carr
's division: Mc-Clernand was with it in person.
To the left of Carr
soon afterwards appeared, with his skirmishers well in advance.
Grant at once sent word to Osterhaus
that the rebels were in full retreat, directing him to press forward with all speed.