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[515] which had started in pursuit, was only stopped by the timely intervention of the Fourth regiment of regular cavalry, which, by a successful charge, prevented it from seizing the wagon-trains loaded with ammunition, provisions and the wounded, and even the guns, with which the Wilkinson road was crowded in the rear of the battle-field. Davis' division, driven back to the other side of this road, could only re-form in the midst of the thick cedar grove where it had found shelter. Bragg's plan was carried out from point to point, and his entire left wing, under Hardee, formed a regular line, which, facing north-north-east, already threatened to take the centre of the Federal army in reverse. The Confederate commander, being desirous to make a decisive effort, had instructed Polk an hour before to put his two fine divisions in motion. That of Withers occupied the front line behind the breastworks, between the Wilkinson and Nashville roads, his four brigades being deployed in the following order from left to right: Loomis, Manigault, Anderson and Chalmers along the railroad; five hundred metres behind the latter in second line was Cheatham, whose four brigades, under Vaughn, Maney, Stewart and Donelson, were also deployed and ready to support him. In order to facilitate the command, Polk had entrusted the right of these two lines to Cheatham and the left to Withers. The attack would thus be made by two masses, each composed of four brigades, with a front of two, by two deep. Cheatham was to attack Sheridan, whose right was already menaced by Cleburne; Withers to engage Negley and the right of Palmer, formed by Cruft's brigade. However, before we proceed to describe this new attack, we must go for a moment to the opposite extremity of the line, where the patient and tenacious commander of the Federal army was attending to the execution of his plan without suffering himself to be excited by the distant booming of the cannon which thundered on his right.

A first despatch of McCook had arrived a little after eight o'clock to inform him of the attack made upon Johnson, but this message did not announce the defeat of the latter—a defeat which was not yet known at the headquarters of his corps commander. McCook had promised to hold out for three hours; if he could only gain two, the diversion attempted against him by Bragg

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