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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Dedication of a bronze tablet in honor of Botetourt Battery (search)
issons drawn by hand. By daylight of the 30th the battery was ferried over the Big Black, and the men moved on towards Grand Gulf without stopping to feed the horses. Bayou Pierre was reached at sundown. The order to move into line of battle came at once. There was no time for food. The line was reached at 10 o'clock --the road between Bruinsburg and Port Gibson, four miles from the latter place. Here Green's and Tracy's Brigades were encountered and attacked by the four divisions of McClernand's corps, which had crossed the river in the day and night of the 30th of April, and had at once moved forward. There ensued the battle of Port Gibson, a battle of five to one, fought with determination from dawn till dusk. At 2 o'clock in the morning of the first of May, the pickets began firing. On the extreme left, commanded by General Green, of Missouri, the artillery of both sides became engaged. The firing was incessant and deadly. Says General Green's report: The enemy pressin
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.54 (search)
at the landing. Another division, that of McClernand's, of twelve regiments, ten of which were en Prentiss' Division, 6,000 men, twelve guns; McClernand's Division, 7,300 men, eighteen guns; Hurlbug fire upon the approaching Confederates. McClernand, appraised of the attack, was also advancingy and the fragments of Sherman's, Prentiss', McClernand's and Hurlbut's Divisions, as well as Wallacanding the wreck of Sherman's, Prentiss' and McClernand's Divisions now crowded back upon the line oed several thousands of Grant's troops under McClernand. The Confederates on his front, at first decidely composite character, under Sherman, McClernand and Hurlbut. Four or five thousand of thesernand's command, repaired rearward again, at McClernand's request, to seek further support. Lew W, including Grant's forces under Sherman and McClernand, there were fully 20,000 Federals opposed byas, and been driven rearward so rapidly upon McClernand's, Hurlbut's and Wallace's (W. H. L.), as to[7 more...]