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 stands of colors, two cannons and three thousand three hundred muskets. The total of its losses was about four thousand five hundred men, four thousand of whom belonged to Price's corps. This corps, which only numbered fourteen thousand men, had, therefore, lost nearly one-third of its effective force on this fatal day.1 On the Federal side there were but three hundred and fifteen killed, one thousand eight hundred and twelve wounded, and two hundred and thirty-two prisoners. The Confederate army bivouacked on the evening of the 4th at Chewalla, where a portion of Price's corps arrived in great disorder. Van Dorn had been obliged to fall back upon this town in order to join the convoy he had left there. Although the road was greatly exposed to attacks from the enemy, he was not molested, as we have said; but on reaching Chewalla he received most alarming news. Hurlbut, despatched by Grant, had left Bolivar at an early hour that very morning with about four thousand men, and a party of Confederate horse, under Colonel Wirt Adams, had met him in the evening not far from Pocahontas. The Southern general had reason to suppose that the difficult crossing of the Hatchie at Davies' Bridge would be warmly disputed. On the morning of the 5th the Confederates were on the march, pushing forward with speed, in the hope of being still able to cross at that point in advance of the main forces of the enemy. Moore's brigade formed the vanguard, followed by the remainder of Price's corps, which was fearfully reduced. Lovell closed the march, ready to repel the attacks of Rosecrans, who would soon appear upon the rear of the army. The Tuscumbia Bridge was crossed and occupied in force.
1 The figures presented in Van Dorn's official report of the battle of Corinth and the combat of Hatchie River are: five hundred and ninety-four killed, two thousand one hundred and sixty-two wounded and two thousand one hundred and two prisoners, making a total loss of four thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight men. While adopting these figures in the mass, we may be allowed to call into question the distinction made between the killed, wounded and prisoners, inasmuch as the Confederates were not able to take an exact account of the men left on the field of battle, and it is more natural to rely upon the report of Rosecrans, who counted them. The prisoners being nearly all wounded, the latter may be rated at three thousand five hundred at the least calculation, so that the estimate of one thousand four hundred killed cannot appear extraordinary when we consider that the battle was fought almost muzzle to muzzle.
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