Hatchie's Bridge, TN

Date: October 5, 1862

Location:

Pocahontas, Hardeman, Tennessee, United States

Campaign: Iuka and Corinth Operations [September-October 1862]

Battles in Campaign:

Situation:

  • Earl Van Dorn's Army of Tennessee retreated from Corinth, Mississippi, on October 4, 1862.

  • Union Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans did not send forces in pursuit until the morning of October 5.

  • Maj. Gen. Edward O. C. Ord, commanding a detachment of Grant's Army of the Tennessee, advanced to Corinth to assist Rosecrans.

  • On the night of October 4–5, Ord's forces camped near Pocahontas.

Commanders:

  • Union: Maj. Gen. Edward O. C. Ord and Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut

  • Confederate: Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn

Principal Forces:

  • Union: Department of Jackson

  • Confederate: Army of the West

Map: Davis Bridge - Civil War Preservation Trust

Description:

  • Between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. the next morning, Ord's troops encountered Union Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut's 4th Division, District of Jackson, in the Confederates’ front.

  • Ord took command of the now-combined Union forces and pushed Van Dorn’s advanced element, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's Army of the West, back about five miles to the Hatchie River and across Davis's Bridge.

  • While forcing the Confederates across the Davis Bridge , Ord was wounded in the ankle and Hurlbut assumed command of the combined Union forces.

  • While Price's men were hotly engaged with Ord's force, Van Dorn's scouts found another crossing of the Hatchie River.

  • Van Dorn then led his army back to Holly Springs.

  • Grant ordered Rosecrans to abandon the pursuit.

  • Ord had forced Price to retreat, but the Confederates escaped capture or destruction.

  • Rosecrans' army had failed to capture or destroy Van Dorn's force.

Slide Presentation: None

Classification2: C

Casualties3:

  • Union: 500

  • Confederate: 400

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Websites:

Lodging and Restaurants: Tennessee Tourism

Recommended Resources:


1 National Park Service summary.

2 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

3 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 03/22/2013