d a half, and, with divisions from other corps, has been gradually approaching the enemy all day, driving his skirmishers from one point to another.
About four o'clock in the afternoon the artillery firing became more vigorous, and, with Colonel Foreman, of the Fifteenth Kentucky, I rode to the front, and then along our advanced line from right to left.
Our artillery stationed on the higher points was being fired rapidly.
The skirmishers were advancing cautiously, and the contest between left, and front of my brigade sounds like the continuous pounding on a thousand anvils.
My men are favorably situated, being concealed by the cedars, while the enemy, advancing through the open woods, is fully exposed.
Early in the action Colonel Foreman, of the Fifteenth Kentucky, is killed, and his regiment retires in disorder.
The Third Ohio, Eighty-eighth, and Forty-second Indiana, hold the position, and deliver their fire so effectively that the enemy is finally forced back.
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ed the hospitals, and, so far as possible, looked after the wounded of my brigade.
To-morrow the chaplains will endeavor to hunt them all up, and report their whereabouts and condition.
I was called upon late in the evening to make a report of the operations of my brigade immediately, as General Rousseau intends to leave for Louisville in the morning.
It is impossible to collect the information necessary in the short time allowed me. One of my regimental commanders, Colonel Foreman, was killed; another, Colonel Humphrey, was wounded, and is in hospital; another, Lieutenant-Colonel Shanklin, was captured, and is absent; but I gathered up hastily what facts I could obtain as to the casualties in the several regiments, and wrote my report in the few minutes which remained for me to do so, and sent it in. I have not had an opportunity to do justice either to my brigade or myself.
Move in the direction of Columbia, on a reconnoitering expedition.