The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 10, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 472
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KY., TENN., N. MISS., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. [CHAP. XXIL
hours against our forces in front and his right flank, where cavalry,
infantry, and artillery mingled in the conflict.
As the enemy finally gave way I directed the movement of the Second
Brigade toward the right along the crest of the ridge following the line
of the enemy's continued resistance, and sent a section of Ketchum's
battery into action on a road leading toward Pittsburg, in a position
overlooking the broken slope below, to reply to batteries nearly in front
and in the forest to the right, with which the enemy swept a large cir-
cuit around; sending also Colonel Smith's (Louisiana Crescent) regi-
ment, Third Brigade, to support this battery, then harassed by skir-
mishers, and to seize the opportunity to charge the enemy's position.
I then put a section of guns, commanded by First Lieut. James C.
Thrall, belonging to Capt. George T. Hubbard's (Arkansas) battery,* in
position on the road leading along the ridge, still farther to the right,
which was soon forced to retire under the concentrated fire of the
Discovering the enemy in considerable numbers moving through the
forest on the lower margin of the open field in front, I obtained Tra-
bue's and Stanford's light batteries and brought them into action, and
directed their fire on masses of the enemy then pressing forward to-
ward our right, engaged in a fierce contest with our forces then ad-
vancing against him in that direction. I directed my staff officers at the
same time to bring forward all the .field guns they could collect from the
left toward the right as rapidly as possible, resulting in the concentration
of the Jfollowing batteries, commencing on the right and extending to the
1st, Captain Trabue's Kentucky ;t 2d, Captain Burns' Mississippi ;t 3d,
First Lieutenant Thrall's section of Captain Hubbard's Arkansas; 4th,
Captain Swett's Mississippi; 5th, Captain Trigg's, and 6th, Captain Rob-
erts' Arkansas; 7th, Captain Rutledge's; 8th, Captain Robertson's (12-
pounder Napoleon guns) Alabama; 9th, Captain Stanford's Mississippi;
10th, Captain Bankhead's Tennessee; 11th, Captain Hodgson's Washing-
ton Artillery, of Louisiana, extending in succession to the left, toward the
position already designated as occupied by Captain Ketchum's (Alabama)
For a brief period the enemy apparently gained ground, and when
the conflict was at its height these batteries opened upon his concen-
trated forces, enfilading Prentiss' division on his right flank, producing
immediate commotion, and soon resulted in the precipitate retreat of
the enemy from the contest.
At this moment the Second Brigade and the Crescent Regiment
pressed forward and cut off a considerable portion of the enemy, com-
prising Prentiss' division, who surrendered to the Crescent Regiment, of
my command, then pressing upon its rear.
Subsequently, while advancing toward the river, I received instruc-
tions from General Bragg to carry forward all the troops I could find,
and while assembling a considerable force ready for immediate action
I received from Colonel Augustin notice of General Beauregard's orders
to withdraw from the further pursuit, and finding soon afterwards that
the forces were falling back, I retired with them, just as night set in,
to the open field in rear, and as I received no further orders I directed
* This is an amended report, in which the amendments and modifications are indi-
cated, as above, in italics. See General Bragg's indorsement and inclosure No. 1, fol-
t No other record of a Captain Trabue's battery can be found. Burns' Mississippi
Battery should probably read Byrne's Kentucky Battery.
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United States. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 10, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports., book, 1884; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth154613/m1/480/?q=Roberts: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.