The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 296
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came to the captain; I do not remember, but finally he mounted
and started out towards the left of the line.
Then the rumor ran through the company that the general was
dead. Some supposed we were going to General Beauregard. But
we did not; halt after halt was made, and, as night followed, the
volume of rifle fire ceased, and the terrible shells of the Federal
gunboats increased. They were shelling their captured camps, for
they well knew the hungry Confederates were swarming through
the tents. It is now well understood that the halt by General
Beauregard about sundown was fatal to our overwhelming their
entire army. Bragg held the front and was ready to go under the
While the lines were waiting and wondering what it meant, Dr.
T. J. Savage, now of Mobile, then an officer in one of the Alabama
regiments, told me he crept forward to have a look. He said he
could see masses of men huddled together and apparently without
formation. In fact they were boarding the gunboats as fast as the
capacity of the staging would allow. The gallant Prentiss with
the larger part of his brigade had been captured some time in the
evening; hundreds of other prisoners had been all day streaming
to our rear; the quartermaster and other ordnance officers had been
gathering in the captured spoil, and the surgeons were red and
busy with their dreadful work.
At night, in our bivouac, we were not without plenty to appease
the hunger of the day. Huge tins from the camp stores were pro-
cured and filled with coffee; and, as the fiery missiles of the gun-
boats cleft the air above us with their awful shrieks, we reveled in
the fatness of the enemy's camp.
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