The operations of the second day were an effort of his successor in command, General Beauregard
, to escape from a dangerous position in front of the combined armies of Grant
which it had never been the intention of the Confederate
generals to assume.
The numbers on each side, during Sunday, were about equal.
Many raw troops on each side were easily disorganized, but both the Northern
and Southern soldiers mainly fought with splendid steadfastness.
That the Confederates
so uniformly drove back the opposing lines, and at night held complete victory so near at hand, is a splendid testimonial to their soldiership.