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[230] and awaited the Confederate attack, soon made by McCulloch's and Forrest's brigades and Hoole's battery. General Forrest stated that ‘after a short but obstinate resistance the enemy gave way.’ After the Federal forces reached the hills between Okolona and Pontotoc, the Second Tennessee, Colonel Barteau, and the Seventh Tennessee, Lieut.-Col. W. F. Taylor, Colonel Duckworth commanding brigade, received the repeated charges of seven Federal regiments in open ground, drove them back time after time, and finally forced them from the field, capturing three stand of colors and one piece of artillery. After this, for want of ammunition, General Forrest abandoned the pursuit.

In the combat at Okolona, Col. Jeff. E. Forrest, commanding brigade, fell in the gallant discharge of his duty. By his side, and almost at the same moment, fell George M. Porter, a youthful Tennessee soldier who had seen only a few days' service. In the pursuit of Smith, Forrest lost 144 men killed, wounded and missing, whose names are not reported. Colonel Barteau, commanding Bell's brigade, was wounded, and the command devolved on the gallant Col. R. M. Russell. Colonel Duckworth commanded Forrest's brigade after the fall of Colonel Forrest.

Maj.-Gen. Stephen D. Lee, reporting the operations of his command in this period, stated that on March 5th, Brig.-Gen. R. V. Richardson of Forrest's cavalry, commanding Tennessee brigade, 550 strong, and Brig.-Gen. L. S. Ross of Jackson's division, attacked Yazoo City, drove the enemy from all the redoubts except one and took possession of the city, capturing many stores and a few prisoners. The enemy having concentrated in the strongest redoubt, it was not considered prudent to assault it, as it was surrounded by a ditch and defended by 400 infantry. This, said General Lee, was a gallant affair, and caused the enemy to withdraw from the Yazoo river.

In this affair Col. J. J. Neely, commanding the Fourteenth

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