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Hatchieís Bridge   

Other Names: Davis Bridge, Matamora

Location: Hardeman County and McNairy County

Campaign: Iuka and Corinth Operations (1862)

Date(s): October 5, 1862

Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Edward O.C. Ord and Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut [US]; Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn [CS]

Forces Engaged: Detachment [US]; Army of the West [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 900 total (US 500; CS 400)

Description: Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dornís Confederate Army of West Tennessee retreated from Corinth on October 4, 1862. Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans did not send forces in pursuit until the morning of the 5th. Maj. Gen. Edward O.C. Ord, commanding a detachment of the Army of West Tennessee, was, pursuant to orders, advancing on Corinth to assist Rosecrans. On the night of October 4-5, he camped near Pocahontas. Between 7:30 and 8:00 am the next morning, his force encountered Union Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbutís 4th Brigade, Army of West Tennessee, in the Confederatesís front. Ord took command of the now-combined Union forces and pushed Van Dornís advance, Maj. Gen. Sterling Priceís Army of the West, back about five miles to the Hatchie River and across Davisí Bridge. After accomplishing this, Ord was wounded and Hurlbut assumed command. While Priceís men were hotly engaged with Ordís force, Van Dornís scouts looked for and found another crossing of the Hatchie River. Van Dorn then led his army back to Holly Springs. Ord had forced Price to retreat, but the Confederates escaped capture or destruction.  Although they should have done so, Rosecransís army had failed to capture or destroy Van Dornís force.

Result(s): Union victory

CWSAC Reference #: TN007

Preservation Priority: III.3 (Class C)

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