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bly, save at Brice's Crossroads, on January 10, 1864, when Forrest annihilated Sturges. Numbers of the Federal infantry were mowed down, while others used their bayonets against the horses, and they, falling, threw their riders, bruised, to the ground.
Before the infantry could recover, Forrest was upon them, and they broke as well as the cavalry.
It is said that men are merciless on some occasions. On this one, the Yankees, fleeing for their lives, were pursued by their eager, ex- cited enemy for some hundred yards, and the loss was heavy in killed and wounded, besides about one hundred prisoners.
There was no further interference from the Federals.
CAUSES OF THE CONFEDERATE FAILURE.
There were so many causes and incidents connected with the bat- tle of Shiloh which affected the final results that we are self-persuaded to set forth, as far as we are able, the mistakes of the Confederate forces.
Both sides have claimed the advantage. The Confederates do so upon the fact that they captured a large number of prisoners, artil- lery and colors, which they carried from the field, the complete rout of the Federals on Sunday, and also that they were able to hold the ground upon which the battle had been fought until 2 P. M. Mon- day, when General Beauregard withdrew from an unprofitable com- bat. He withdrew in the best order, taking with him all the captured cannon for which there was transportation. Furthermore, the en- emy had been so completely battered and stunned, that even the 25,000 veterans which Buell launched the second day, were unable to pursue.
The Federals claim the victory upon the ground that on Monday evening they had recovered their encampments and possession of the field of battle, from which the Confederates had retired, leaving behind their dead and a number of wounded.
Now, then, we must remember that the Confederates uniformly took the offensive and were the assailants. The reports of the Fed- eral officers show that they were ingloriously defeated during Sunday, and worsted on Monday from 9 A. M. to 2 P. M., after which time they were able to hold their own and check their antagonists. (See the reports of Generals Wallace, Nelson, Crittenden and others, Rebellion Records, Vol. 4.)
After 2 P. M. Monday, when General Beauregard withdrew, there