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[410] roughly built with stumps of fallen trees. The redoubts were well supplied with cannon and foot-soldiers, and the whole front of the Federal army carefully reconstructed. Hamilton still occupied the extreme right, but had been brought to the rear and was facing north, resting his left upon Fort Powell. Beyond this fort was Davies, whose line, contracted on account of the losses of the preceding day, did not extend beyond the Jackson Railroad, having the new Richardson redoubt in its centre. Farther to the left, Stanley had come to fill the space comprised between the two lines of railway, and had bivouacked in front of Forts Robinett and Williams. The latter fort, situated a little to the left and in the rear of the other, commanded it and all the approaches; it had consequently been armed with heavy thirty pounders. The extreme left was formed by McKean, whose lines extended over the college hills to the south-west of Corinth.

Van Dorn had not been less active during this night. His troops had taken position, so as to commence a decisive attack at daybreak; the signal for this attack was to come from the left. Price had placed all his artillery in battery on the west bank of Bridge Creek, so as to take Davies' line obliquely, and throw shells into the midst of the Federal reserves. At daybreak, while the cannon was opening fire, the whole of Hebert's division was to attack the Federal right and try to flank it by massing beyond the Jackson Railroad. Maury and Lovell were to support this attack by occupying the enemy, without seeking, however, to carry his works in front. But, as soon as Hebert should have penetrated the enemy's line, Lovell was in turn to attack the other extremity, surround the heights upon which the college stands, and enter Corinth by the south-west, taking advantage of the woods with which the flat lands lying at the foot of those hills are covered. In the mean time, the cavalry was to destroy the railway tracks, by which reinforcements might be brought to Rosecrans, holding itself ready to harass his retreat in case he should be driven from his positions. This plan, too complicated, like that of Grant's at Iuka, was but imperfectly carried out.

At the first streaks of light, Price's artillery, placed in the positions designated, gave the signal by covering the Federal camps with its projectiles; these even reached the houses in Corinth,

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