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Re: Hovey's Sixteen guns at Champion Hill

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  • Tony Gunter
    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
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 7 6:17 AM
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      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.
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