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 of the day that, having ascertained how groundless were the fears of his lieutenant, he ordered him to cross over in person to the left bank of Stone River with the brigades of Jackson and Adams. The day being too far advanced to admit of his reaching the left wing in time to be useful, Breckenridge was to join Polk in an attack upon Round Forest and the adjoining positions. Bragg hoped thereby to shatter the whole of his adversary's line and enable Hardee to resume the offensive. The Federals took advantage of the respite so opportunely granted them. The greater part of Palmer's division rallied around Hazen, and Wagner took a strong position on his left. The remainder of his line was straitened, and order was nearly restored along the turnpike. At last the firing of musketry, which had continued more or less briskly along the entire front of the two armies, recommenced with new fury. It was getting late, and Bragg, in order to secure victory, must possess himself of the Nashville causeway before dark. The greater the sacrifices he had made and the greater the results he had obtained, the more necessary it was for him to complete his success without delay; to-morrow he might not be able to obtain from his soldiers an effort equal to the one they had just made. Toward three o'clock Cleburne advanced alone against the positions occupied by Van Cleve in the clearing, for McCown's division was too much reduced to afford him any support. For the first time during the day the combatants were all fighting openly, and the Unionists could at a glance embrace the collective movements of the battle-field from one extremity of their lines to the other; the road parallel to these lines afforded them great facilities for defence. It was an exciting moment for all those who were witnesses of this imposing scene. Cleburne, however, quickly perceived that the well-sustained fire of the Federals, and the sight of their reconstructed battalions, had shaken the confidence of his soldiers. Seeing no friendly troops on their right, they imagined themselves turned, and Wood's brigade dispersed despite the efforts of Colonel Smith, who had been in command of it since his chief was placed at the head of a division. The other two, stopped by the fire of the Federals, were once more exposed to the oblique discharges of Rousseau's
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