corroborates this statement of General Beauregard
, and adds: ‘If it had been true, as currently reported at the time, and yet believed by the thousands of people, that Prentiss
and his division had been captured in their beds, there would not have been an all-day struggle with the loss of thousands killed and wounded on the Confederate
At the close of the battle of April 6th, General Grant
had been forced back to his last stand on the banks of the Tennessee
Not a single attack had he made upon the Confederates
during the whole day. All his camps and a rich spoil of cannon, small arms and other war material was in the hands of the victorious southerners.
Just before dark General Lew Wallace
's division of fresh troops came upon the field, followed by the whole army of the Ohio, under General Buell
On the next morning this new army under General Buell
and the remnant of Grant
's defeated troops, all under Grant
orders, attacked the Confederates
, who had not been reinforced by a single man, and who, though fearfully outnumbered, held their ground until late in the afternoon.
Then, in accordance with the orders of Beauregard
, they made a show of resuming the offensive, which checked the Federal
Then, unmolested they retired from the field, carrying the caissons loaded down with captured muskets and rifles, and bearing off, besides, thirty pieces of captured artillery, twenty-six stands of colors taken from the enemy, and nearly 3,000 prisoners. Many of the soldiers had also exchanged their arms for the superior ones of the Federals
, captured in the battle of the 6th.