my, and, by great efforts, succeeded in keeping the men in rank and the brigade in line.
I saw the necessity for this, as some other troops had come up, and were becoming virtually disorganized, officers, as well as men, leaving the ranks and mixing among the prisoners and scattering the captured camps.
While in this position some cavalry rode up from our rear and passed between the Nineteenth Alabama and the Second Texas and took position between the prisoners and Pittsburg landing.
Abbot's Battle Fields of ‘61, page 257, says:
After a short delay, Bragg availed himself of the opportunity to attack the Hornet's Nest by the flank.
The movement was attended with complete success.
Generals Wallace and Prentiss showed themselves worthy of the trust reposed in them by Grant and fought stubbornly until the former was shot down with a mortal wound, and the latter, with 3,000 men, was surrounded and captured by an overwhelming force of Confederates.
Generals Bragg an