's brigade, at first supporting Mabry
, was soon put in the front line on Mabry
These troops were all dismounted.
' division was held in reserve, also about 700 infantry under Colonel Lyon
The plan of attack seemed to be to swing the right first against the enemy, but the Kentucky
brigade became first engaged, and was forced to fall back with heavy loss.
' division, dismounted, was ordered forward, and after Mabry
had been repulsed, Rucker
made an assault equally futile.
The men behaved with great courage, but were swept away by the fire of a superior and intrenched force, and many fell from exhaustion in the great heat of a July sun. A little after noon the troops fell back and intrenched, but were not molested by the enemy, who contented himself with tearing up the railroad in the vicinity of Tupelo
and burning the houses of Harrisburg
This battle of Harrisburg
was a severe blow to the military strength of Generals Lee
, but they were still full of fight: and on the 15th, it appearing that the enemy would not attack, Buford
made a demonstration on his left flank.
Soon afterward Smith
began a retreat, accounted for in his reports by the exhaustion of rations, and a vigorous pursuit was at once begun.
At Old Town creek Buford
came up with the Federals
in line of battle and was driven back in confusion.
's brigade was ordered to attack, but being sent in by regiments was speedily repulsed.
Here General Forrest
and Colonel McCulloch
were both severely wounded, and the command of the forces in front devolved upon General Chalmers
Though the pursuit was continued, there was but slight skirmishing after this engagement.
estimateed his strength on July 14th as not exceeding 5,000.
's command, including Mabry
, had about 3,200 effectives, Roddey
's force hardly exceeded 1,000 or Chalmers
' 2,800, or the infantry and