Hatchie's Bridge, TN
Date: October 5, 1862
Pocahontas, Hardeman, Tennessee, United States
Iuka and Corinth Operations
Earl Van Dorn's Army of
Tennessee retreated from Corinth,
Union Maj. Gen.
S. Rosecrans did not send forces in pursuit until the morning of
Edward O. C.
Ord, commanding a detachment of
Army of the Tennessee, advanced
to Corinth to assist
On the night of October 4–5, Ord's forces camped near Pocahontas.
Maj. Gen. Edward O. C. Ord and Maj. Gen. Stephen A.
Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn
Department of Jackson
Army of the West
Davis Bridge - Civil War Preservation Trust
Between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. the next morning,
Ord's troops encountered Union Maj.
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.
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
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
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.
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