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reared and ran, some dragging their wounded riders by the strirup. Men
screamed, some in agony, others trying to give directions. Those who could,
picked themselves up and made for cover in some pine ravines close by.
There they found a haven of sorts from the fire now coming from the front
as well as the left."8
Buchel managed to pull his regiment back in time to avoid the ambush.
Dismounting, he quickly led his men behind the fence and attacked the
Federal rear, driving the Yankees back to their own lines. In so doing the
Prussian was wounded fatally. Bee had two horses shot from under him, but
rallied his men and brought them back to their own lines, receiving praise
from Taylor for withdrawing his men "with coolness and pluck" and retir-
ing last himself."1
Fighting, by now, extended to the extreme end of the line. Bee dis-
mounted the remainder of his men and joined forces with Major to con-
tinue the battle. He led Buchel's men into action himself. In the attacks on
the Federal entrenchments Bee received two slight wounds in the face, but
continued to take part until darkness brought an end to the battle. With no
artillery, the Confederates on the left had been unable to force the enemy
Pleasant Hill was not a victory for the South. While Bee and his com-
panions had been holding the left, the Confederate force on the right had
been attacked by the enemy reserve. The Union advance which followed
drove Churchill's men back to the woods past their positions at the begin-
ning of the battle. The Confederate withdrawal could have been turned into
a rout, but, because of darkness, heavy losses, and unfamiliar terrain, the
Federals did not pursue.83
In order to obtain water, since there was none on the field, Taylor ordered
his troops to fall back to the nearest source some six miles away. He left Bee
on the field with two companies of Buchel's regiment and two companies of
Debray's regiment to keep contact with the enemy. Bee set up his camp
some eight hundred yards from the village and entertained important visi-
tors. Taylor had remained with him, and about eight o'clock Kirby Smith
o0Bee to Hart, April ro, I864, Mechling Subcollection; Bee to Hart, report, April o,
1864, O.R.A., XXXIV, pt. x, p. 6o8; Johnson, Red River Campaign, 156.
31Taylor, Destruction and Reconstruction, x67.
32Bee to Hart, April o, I864, Mechling Subcollection; Bee to Hart, report, April Io,
I864, O.R.A., XXXIV, pt. I, pp. 6o8-6o09; Taylor to Anderson, report, April r8, 1864,
ibid., 567; Taylor, Destruction and Reconstruction, 167; Barr (ed.), "Mechling's Journal,"
83Johnson, Red River Campaign, 157-164.
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