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Battle of Champion's Hill
May 16, 1863
as described in Harper's Weekly

Web Author's Notes:
The following is a description of the Battle of Champion's Hill, as told in the June 20, 1863 issue of Harper's Weekly. Descriptions, such as these, written so soon after the battle, are interesting in that the information contained is often incorrect and limited on the viewpoint of a particular regiment or brigade.

The Battle of Champion's Hill


The division of General Hovey being in advance, discovered the enemy in force, posted in excellent position upon the crest of a hill covered with forest and undergrowth. General Hovey deployed his division, that of General Logan forming upon his right. The line advanced, preceded by a heavy line of skirmishers, and was soon heavily engaged.

The batteries of Captains Rogers and DeSolyer opened with good effect. Captain Roger's battery, posted in a good but exposed position, was soon charged upon; the enemy being severely repulsed by three regiments of Gen. John E. Smith's brigade and the guns of DeSolyer's battery.

An attempt to check our advance and flank our right was observed by General McPherson, who sent the brigade of General Stevenson and two batteries to meet it. After a short and sharp engagement, the fight at this time being severe along the whole line, General Stevenson charged with his brigade, driving the enemy and capturing their battery. The mass of the rebel troops seemed now to have been thrown against our left, and General Hovey, being forced to retire, was at once supported by General Crocker, who sent from his division two regiments of Colonel Sandborne's brigade, and the brigades of Colonels Boomer and Holmes. These troops held the rebels in check, and shortly advanced, driving the enemy, capturing 1600 prisoners and a battery.

A general advance, now ordered by General Grant, who had been upon the field during the entire day, many times in exposed positions, found the enemy in full retreat toward Edward's Depot, General McPherson sending in pursuit General Stevenson's brigade, with DeSolyer's battery, followed by General Carr's division. In this retreat the rebels lost General Tighlman, killed by a shell.

The enemy lost nearly two thousand prisoners and thirteen guns.

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