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（Sherman) was compelled to presume that such was his object.
On the afternoon of the 20th, Kirby's brigade of Stanley's division was holding Bald Knob, a prominent knoll in our front.
The Conf artillery and plenty of riflemen, suddenly, just about sundown, made a spring for that knoll.
Kirby's men were taken by surprise and were driven back with loss.
The enemy quickly fortified the pohe Knob to have his left brigade (Nodine's) ready under arms before sunrise, and Stanley to have Kirby's brigade there in front and to the left of the Knob also under arms and prepared to make an assarticular action I would not, for I wanted to be with my men in the action when it came on. When Kirby's skirmishers were well out, and Nodine's also, and our battery very active filling the air over200 men what I had intended Nodine to do with his entire brigade.
Leaving orders for Nodine and Kirby to hurry up their brigades, I mounted and, followed by McDonald and Sladen, galloped to the fron