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[194] instead of pressing Beauregard, so as to compel him to confine himself to the defence of his entrenchments, or to turn his evacuation into a rout, Halleck limited himself to insignificant demonstrations. Like McClellan in Virginia, he would undertake nothing without the support of his siege artillery, and, as before Yorktown, the latter was ready to open fire on the very day when no one remained to reply to them.

On the evening of the 27th, he ordered Sherman to seize a house occupied by the enemy on the road from Russell's House and Corinth, and situated on the summit of a gentle acclivity, at the southern extremity of a large clearing. This clearing was bounded on the south by the crest of a hill covered with brushwood on the east by woods of less density; on the west it stretched down to the marshy and impenetrable thickets of Philips Creek. For the last ten days the Federals had occupied the northern edge of this clearing. The attack was to be made in front by one of Sherman's brigades, that of Denver, while another, under M. L. Smith, was to turn the enemy's position through the woods on the east side—that is to say, on the left; the third remained to guard the camps. Two other brigades were placed under Sherman's command; Hurlbut despatched that of Veatch to support Smith's movement on the left, while McClernand, who was encamped in rear to the north, detached Logan's brigade from Judah's division. The latter followed the line of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad; then, turning to the left and crossing Philips Creek near its source, it proceeded to take position on the right of Denver. On the morning of the 28th, after a brief cannonade, Denver and Veatch dislodged the Confederate brigade posted around the house, without much damage to either of the combatants. Sherman advanced the whole of his line, extending his extreme right as far as the Ohio Railroad, which easily overcame the resistance of the enemy. Shortly after, the Confederates attempted to resume the offensive along the whole line; but they were easily repulsed, and Sherman immediately entrenched himself in his new positions. Meanwhile, Pope, who occupied the extreme left, was advancing on his side, driving the Confederate sharpshooters before him to within a kilometre of their works. At the same time, he tried to cut the principal artery

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