The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 38, In Five Parts. Part 3, Reports. Page: 725
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bury's men, where it flattened into a natural glacis. This glacis was well covered
with well grown trees and in most places with thick undergrowth. Here was the
brunt of the battle, the enemy advancing along this front in numerous and con-
stantly re-enforced lines. His men displayed a courage worthy of an honorable
cause, pressing in steady throngs within a few paces of our men, frequently ex-
claiming, "Alh! damn you, we have caught you without your logs now." Gran-
bury's men, needing no logs, were awaiting them, and throughout awaited them
with calm determination, and as they appeare(l upon the slope slaughtered them
with deliberate aim. The piles of his dead on this front, pronounced by the officers
in this army who have seen most service to be greater than they had ever seen
before, were a silent but sufficient eulogy upon Granbury and his noble .Texans.
In the great execution here done upon the enemy, Govan with his two right regi-
ments, disdaining the enemy in his own front, who were somewhat removed, and
Key with two pieces of artillery ran by hand upon my order to a convenient breach
made in our breast-works, materially aided Granbury by a right-oblique fire which
enfiladed the masses in his front. In front of a prolongation of Granbury's line
and abutting upon his right was a field about 300 yards square. The enemy, driv-
ing back some cavalry, at this point advanced completely across the field and
passed some forty or fifty yards in its rear. Here, however, they were confronted
by the Eighth and Nineteenth Arkansas (consolidated), commanded by Colonel
Baucum, hastily sent by Govan upon Granbury's request and representation of
the exigency. In a sweeping charge Baucumrn drove the enemy from the ridge
in his front, and with irresistible impetuosity forced him across the field and
back into the woods, from which he had at first advanced. Here he fixed him-
self and kept up a heavy fire, aided by a deadly enfilade from the bottom of the
ravine in front of Granbury. When Baucum was about to charge, Lowrey, of
my division, who had been hastened up from his distant position upward of a
mile and a half from my right as finally established, came into line, throwing
his regiments in successively, as thdy unmasked themselves by their flank march.
His arrival was most opportune, as the enemy was beginning to pour around
Baucum's right. Colonel Adams, with the Thirty-third Alabama, which was
the first of Lowrey's regiments to form into line, took position on Baucum's right
and advanced with him, his seven left companies being in the field with Bau-
cum, and his other four in the woods to the right. Baucum and Adams, finding
themselves suffering from the enemy's direct and oblique fire, withdrew, passing
over the open space of the field behind them. The right companies of Adams,
which were in the woods, retired to a spur which rises from the easterly edge
of the field about 200 yards from its southerly edge, where Baucum's and
Adams' left companies rested. Here they halted. Captain Dodson, with fine judg-
ment perceiving the importance of the position-it would have given the enemy an
enfilading fire upon Granbury, which would have dislodged him-and making his
oompany the basis of alignment for the remainder of Lowrey's, now coming into
position. This retrogade movement across the field was not attended with loss as
might have been expected, the enemy not advancing as it was made. It was mis-
taken, however, for a repulse, and some of my staff officers hearing that my line
had broken hastened forward Quarles' brigade, of Stewart's division, just then
providentially sent up by General Hood to re-establish it. Lowrey, being under
the same impression, detached his two right regiments (which had not been en-
gaged) under Colonels Tison and Hardcastle, and had them quickly formed in sup-
port of Baucum and Adams. The error, however, was soon discovered, and my
dine being ascertained to remain in its integrity, Quarles' brigade was conducted to
the rear of Lowrey, and formed as a second line. The Fourth Louisiana, Colonel
Hunter, finding itself opposite an interval between the two regiments of Lowrey's
line (caused by Baucum's resting closer upon Granbury on his return from the ad-
vance, than he had d ne at first), under the immediate superintendence of General
Quarles, advanced with great spirit into the field, halted, and delivered a very
effective fire upon the enemy in his front. After some minutes Quarles withdrew
this regiment and formed it behind the field, where they continued their fire across
it. General Quarles and his brigade have my thanks. During these movements
the battle continued to rage on Granbury's front, and was met with unflagging spirit.
About the time of Quarles getting into position night came on, when the combat
lulled. For some hours afterward a desultory dropping fire, with short, vehement
bursts of musketry, continued, the enemy lying in great numbers immediately in
front of portions of my line, and so near it that their footsteps could be distinctly
heard. About 10 p. min. I ordered Granbury and Lowrey to push forward skirmish-
ers and scouts to learn the state of things in their respective fronts. Granbury, find-
ing it impossible to advance his skirmishers until lie had cleared his front of the
enemy lying up against it, with my consent, charged with his whole line, Walthall,
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