|Reb cavalry with silly uniforms|
|Major General Edward Ord (USA)|
|Major General William Rosecrans (USA)|
|Covered bridge, Iuka MS|
Finally, Rosecrans bumbled into the outskirts of Iuka at 4:30pm (he was supposed to be there at 2pm). The 3rd Michigan Cavalry were already skirmishing with dismounted Reb cavalry at Moore's Branch, a small whitewashed house owned by the widow Moore. Leading the infantry column of General Charles Hamilton's 3rd Division was Colonel John Sanborn's 1st Brigade, which included:
|Colonel (later Brigadier General) |
John B. Sanborn (USA)
- 48th Indiana Regiment
- 5th Iowa Regiment
- 16th Iowa Regiment
- 4th Minnesota Regiment
- 26th Missouri Regiment
- Ohio Light Artillery, 11th Battery
|Major General Charles Hamilton, USA|
Obviously, Hamilton was a bit of a jerk and he really didn't get along with his men, his peers, and especially his superiors. Unfortunately, as often the case for jerks that manage to keep their job against all logic, Hamilton was connected politically, and therefore hung around like a bad stench.
Price now realized his mistake and quickly redeployed his troops to meet Rosecrans, leaving a small rearguard to face Ord. The battle for Iuka was about to kick off in a big way.