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|Johnston was desperately trying to salvage a battle plan that had turned into an unmanageable mess. His plan to turn the Union left and drive the enemy into the swampy bottoms of Owl Creek had not materialized due to a misunderstanding of the enemy’s position. Johnston thought the Union camps were lined up north to south facing west. When he struck the enemy line he thought he was on the left flank and devoted 2/3’s of his troops to turn the line. But he had actually struck the Union center, not the left as planned. His forces were actually driving Grant toward Pittsburg landing instead of away from it. Gathering what ever troops he could find, Johnston was attempting to turn the actual left flank when he was struck down.