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[412] point-blank range. Davies' soldiers, exhausted by the conflict of the previous day, could not withstand them. In vain did the brave Captain Richardson, in the redoubt to which he has given his name, suffer himself to be killed by the side of the guns which he would not desert. Rosecrans, who had placed himself in the midst of the combatants, was carried away by the fugitives, whom he succeeded in rallying only in front of the first houses of Corinth.

Although greatly reduced, the heads of Gates' column reached the town itself; the weak breastworks which covered its approaches, filled with a disorderly crowd, did not stop them for an instant. Fighting went on in the streets, and some of the assailants even pushed as far as the headquarters of Rosecrans. Confusion was at its height among the Federals; but the success of the Confederates was compromised by the very impetuosity of their charge. Those who had penetrated into Corinth were isolated and few in number. The remainder of Gates' brigade occupied Battery Richardson; McLean was still in Fort Powell, of which he had easily taken possession after Davies' check. Rosecrans was everywhere, rallying and encouraging his soldiers; the Tenth Ohio, the Fifth Minnesota and a battery of artillery formed again at the sound of his voice, and the enemy was finally driven out of Corinth. At the same time, Hamilton, who had not been seriously engaged, made an offensive return against the Confederate left, and Sullivan's brigade recaptured the Powell redoubt. The soldiers of Davies, following this example, returned to the charge, and again took possession of Fort Richardson. Cabell hastened in vain to the assistance of Gates' brigade, now reduced to a handful of men; he only reached the parapet of the work to be repulsed from it with cruel losses. In the centre, between the two lines of railway, the combat had not been less desperate. The reverse of Davies had uncovered Stanley's right; Maury's Confederate division took advantage of this to capture all the breastworks the latter had occupied. Some soldiers of Moore's brigade even passed through his line and entered Corinth by the Chewalla road. But all Maury's efforts failed against the position crowned by the two redoubts, Williams and Robinett. The latter, however, which was the most exposed, came near falling

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