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headquarters in the town, and eight companies of his regiment, commanded by Major McKee, took possession of the earthwork, on a commanding point, a half-mile distann; and at seven o'clock on the morning of the fifth, an attack was made upon Major McKee, who held the redoubt, while a portion of the enemy went to the left, flankigh the fight. While the fight was progressing in the town, the rebels had Major McKee completely surrounded, and were throwing shot and shell into his works with ad, as they supposed, obtained every advantage, Richardson sent a message to Major McKee, saying they had taken all the rest prisoners, and demanded his surrender. isted men killed, sixty-one wounded, and six missing. The redoubt held by Major McKee was one hundred and fifty feet square, and during the fight, over fifty shelr than ours. All speak in terms of the highest praise of the gallantry of Major McKee, of the Eleventh Illinois, and Major Cook, of the First Missouri. All did t
the night,) on the ridge northeast of the redoubt held by the Eleventh Illinois, commanded by Major McKee, and a detachment of the First Mississippi cavalry, under command of Major Cook, who occupied. About twelve o'clock General Ross sent a flag of truce with the demand for a surrender. Major McKee, not liking the style of the thing, returned it without an answer. When Major McKee started Major McKee started to meet the first flag of truce, Major Cook, supposing the flag to have been raised first on our side, called to Major McKee and said: Major, for God's sake, what are you going to do? You are not goMajor McKee and said: Major, for God's sake, what are you going to do? You are not going to surrender? The Major's reply was: Ask my men if I ever surrender. At the same time that General Ross took position around the fort, two regiments of General Richardson's command, the Fiftet is entirely unnecessary for any apologies. Had it not been for the coolness and bravery of Major McKee, who had command in the fort, also Major Cook, First Mississippi cavalry A. D., who had comma