Re: Hovey's Sixteen guns at Champion Hill
- Another interesting aspect when studying Cockrell's charge is that
Cockrell reports that when his brigade was forming for the attack, he
began receiving an enfilading fire on his right flank:
"And just at this time the First, Missouri Infantry, coming up, was
placed on the extreme right, and most gallantly charged a very superior
force of the enemy immediately in their front, at the same time being
exposed to such a destructive raking fire from the enemy on their right-
-all the troops on the right having fallen back--that Colonel [A. C.]
Riley had to change the front of his two right companies."
It was about this time that McClernand's vanguard on the middle road
was ordered to withdraw 500 yards across rough terrain. So
McClernand's vanguard was already in position to enfilade Cockrell's
charge, and McClernand ordered a retreat.