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No. 142.-report of Capt. Smith P. Bankhead, C. S. Army, Chief of artillery.

Hdqrs. Arty., First Corps, Army of the Mississippi, Corinth, Miss., April 17, 1862.
Major: I have the honor to inclose, for the information of the major-general commanding this corps, a report, in tabular form, showing the condition of the artillery attached to his command on the 6th and 7th instant and the casualties attending its operations. The large loss of caissons is attributable to the extraordinary mortality of (139 out of 347) horses; the disabling of six on the field; using teams of some to haul off captured guns, and the abandonment of others on the road. Many of these last, however, have been recovered and turned over to the ordnance department at this place. I conclude, from all the information before me, that not more than six or eight of these caissons were left on the field, and that the ammunition in all of them had been expended before they were abandoned.

The guns reported as lost by Captain Smith were left on the field by order of the major-general in lieu of three James rifled cannon.

Captain Stanford lost four guns and six caissons on the 7th instant. Coming upon the scene of this disaster shortly after its occurrence, with Bankhead's battery, the enemy was driven back and these guns recaptured, and orders were immediately sent by me to Captain Stanford to haul off his guns. His failure to obey this order resulted, as he reports, from an inability to get horses enough to execute it, as most of his own horses were killed or disabled.

Believing that I could render more efficient service with my own battery than on the staff of the general, I obtained his consent to my absence during the 6th and 7th, and hence can only refer to the reports of the commanders of other battalions for a more detailed account of their respective operations.

I have the honor to be, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Smith P. Bankhead, Capt. and Chief of Arty., First Corps, Army of the Mississippi. Maj. George Williamson, Assistant Adjutant-General.



Report of the artillery of the First Corps, Army of the Missisippi, engaged April 6-7, at Shiloh, and casualties attending its operations.

Command. Number engaged. Killed. Wounded. Prisoners and missing. Total killed, wounded, and missing. Horses in service. Horses lost. Guns used. Caissons used. Guns lost. Caissons lost. Guns taken. Guns on hand.
Polk's battery 102 4 18 2 24 81 30 6 6 2 6 1 4
Smith's battery 120 1 13   14 89 22 6 6 3 5 5 6
Stanford's battery 131 4 13   17 95 50 6 6 4 6   2
Bankhead's battery 93 2 18   20 82 37 6 6   2 7 6
Total 446 11 62 2 75 347 139 24 24 9 19 13 18

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