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No. 120.-report of Col. Edward H. Hobson, Thirteenth Kentucky Infantry.

Hdqrs. Thirteenth Regt. Kentucky Volunteers, On Battle-field, April 10, 1862.
General: I have the honor to report that the Thirteenth Regiment Kentucky Volunteers, under my command, were landed from the steamer Planet on the night of the 6th instant near Pittsburg, Tenn. I was ordered by you to take position in line of battle on the left of Colonel Beatty, Nineteenth Ohio, and to remain in position until further ordered. Your order was promptly complied with, the men resting on their arms throughout the night in a drenching rain. At or about daylight on the 7th you ordered me to move my regiment by the right flank and take position on the right of Captain Mendenhall's battery. We were in that position but a short time when the enemy opened a heavy fire with shot and shell, which ranged over the battery and my regiment, a heavy fire commencing on the left of the battery, in which the Fourteenth Brigade were engaged. You ordered me to throw out my two flanking companies as skirmishers, to notice the movements of the enemy. Soon after receiving this order General Crittenden ordered me to move my regiment in double-quick time to the support of Colonel Hawkins, Eleventh Kentucky. Marching my regiment, left in front, through a thick chaparral, we found the enemy in considerable force, behind logs and trees, but a short distance in front, when I ordered my men to open fire, which was done in gallant style. We were engaged about twenty-five minutes, when a portion of my line was broken by [362] stragglers from the Fourteenth Wisconsin Regiment, which caused a slight recoil on the part of a few of my rear rank men. They were soon rallied, and poured in a heavy fire on the enemy's lines, thinning their ranks and driving them from the field. During the engagement of my regiment in the chaparral the enemy's battery were throwing in shot and shell, endeavoring by that means to drive me from my position, but, the range being too high, caused but few casualties. Captain Mendenhall with his battery was ordered into position, and my regiment was ordered to take position immediately on his right, to afford him necessary support.

A heavy firing commencing on our left, General Crittenden ordered me to hold my regiment in readiness to charge the enemy's battery, which I did, in connection with Colonel Hawkins' Eleventh Kentucky, both regiments advancing in order and occasionally meeting the enemy, driving them before us until we arrived at a section of battery in our front, which had been abandoned by the enemy, they falling back in confusion. A section of battery on our left was captured about the same time by Colonel Fyffe's Fifty-ninth Ohio and Col. B. C. Grider's Ninth Kentucky, they moving on the left, and my regiment and Eleventh Kentucky, Colonel Hawkins, on the right, supporting Captain Bartlett's battery.

During the whole day's engagement the men under my command, with but a few exceptions, acted with the utmost coolness and gallantry, and it affords me great pleasure to state that my officers and noncommissioned officers deserve credit for their gallant conduct on the field. Maj. W. E. Hobson deserves the highest praise for his noble bearing and conduct throughout the day. His horse having been shot under him put him to but little inconvenience, as he soon supplied himself with another, urging the men to do their duty as Kentuckians. Capt. D. T. Towles, acting maior, deserves special mention for his assistance; also Surg. C. D. Moore, for his prompt attention to the wounded, he being in the thickest of the fight. Asst. Surg. Isaac G. Ingram rendered prompt and efficient service to the wounded in the hospital. Actg. Adjt. William Stewart is entitled to praise for his service and conduct during the entire engagement.

The casualties in my regiment are in killed, 8; wounded, 37, and missing, 20.1

Respectfully submitted.

E. H. Hobson, Colonel, Comdg. Thirteenth Regiment Kentucky Volunteers. Brigadier-General Boyle, Commanding Eleventh Brigade.

1 But see revised statement, p, 107.

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