about 10 o'clock; and just about the same time Polk
's Corps, coming up from the rear, on the Confederate
side, entered the battle in splendid order and spirit.
's shattered forces on Sunday night had been reorganized into three divisions, of a decidely composite character, under Sherman
Four or five thousand of these men were brought up under McClernand
, as we have said, between Crittenden
, and about 10 o'clock several thousand more that hitherto had been collected and held near the river were also added under Hurlbut
, who, however, fusing them with McClernand
's command, repaired rearward again, at McClernand
's request, to seek further support.
, it will be remembered, bivouacked near the river and Snake Creek bridge, and so did Sherman
No considerable portion of Confederates had slept in that quarter of the field, so Wallace
, advancing for a while without difficulty, took up a strong position on a wooded ridge, affording shelter for Wallace
's two batteries, with its right protected by the swamps of Owl Creek
However, by the time Nelson
was well at work on the Federal
left, the Confederates
opened a light fire upon Wallace
, who, encouraged by its feebleness, adventured the offensive.
But their speedy greeting was a sheet of flame, lead and canister from the woods in their front, when portions of Ruggles
' and Breckinridge
's Divisions stood in wait.
The Federals reeled and rushed rearward, followed nearly a mile by the Confederates
; but here, re-enforced by McCook
attempted to resume the advance.
Now the fight waxed obstinate, and the firing, says Sherman
, was the ‘severest musketry’ he had ever heard.
's Federal Brigade here was pitted against Trabue
Both fought with uncommon determination to win, but the Federals
were repulsed, and Wallace
was so pressed that his situation became extremely critical.
's other brigade had joined in the action meanwhile, and in that part of the field, including Grant
's forces under Sherman
, there were fully 20,000 Federals opposed by not half that number of battle-battered Confederates.
The impetus of the Confederate
attack was, therefore, slackened in the face of such odds.
Yet several brilliant charges were