Sure enough, it was only a few minutes later the Union forces began moving onto the battlefield, the infantry taking up positions next to some hay bails out in the middle of the field to provide cover while horses pulled cannons into their firing positions.
The mounted Confederate commander immediately began giving orders for his troops to move up on line, and for the artillery officers to ready their guns for firing.
No sooner had the Confederate artillery taken their positions on the battlefield when the Union forces issued their challenge, perhaps trying to intimidate the Confederates by showing an eagerness for battle. In return bravado, the Confederate artillery answered for their side, loud and clear! At the same time, the Confederate line began its march out to face the Union forces head on.