forces of fresh troops that had now met us. This position of the enemy being carried by our joint forces, I called off further pursuit after seven hours of continuous and bloody conflict, in which our loss was severe, and leaving not less than 1,000 of the enemy dead on the field.’
The object of this battle seemed to be accomplished, but our council of war was divided, and the troops were ordered to their original position in the intrenchments.
returned he found the Federal
forces of Gen. C. F. Smith
advancing rapidly to take possession of his portion of our works, bravely opposed by Maj. James J. Turner
of the Thirtieth Tennessee.
He had a stubborn conflict lasting one hour and a half, resulting in the seizure of our extreme right.
This position was in rear of the Confederate
river batteries and field-work for their protection, and was the key to the Confederate
It took Buckner
in reverse and necessitated the ultimate surrender of our forces.
The position seized by the Federal
forces had been occupied by the Second Kentucky.
In the struggle to regain it, this gallant regiment was reinforced by the Eighteenth, the Third and Thirty-second Tennessee, and subsequently by the regiments of Colonels Quarles
. General Buckner
reported that ‘the enemy made repeated attempts to storm my line on the right, but the well-directed fire of Porter
's and Graves
' artillery, and the musketry fire of the infantry, repelled the attempts and forced him to shelter.
's battery, from its exposed position, lost more than half its gunners, and the intrepid commander was severely wounded late in the afternoon of Saturday, being succeeded in command by the gallant Lieutenant Morton
The artillery of Tennessee
was especially conspicuous.
reported that in the battle of the 13th, referring to Maney
‘First Lieutenant Burns
was one of the first who fell.
Second Lieutenant Massie
was also mortally wounded, but the gallant Maney
, with ’