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No. 165.-reports of Lieut. Col. R. H. Brewer, Battalion of Mississippi and Alabama Cavalry.

camp, near Purdy, Tenn., April--, 1862.
Major: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by my battalion of Mississippi and Alabama cavalry in the batle near Shiloh Church:

I moved from Purdy in the direction of Pittsburg on Saturday morning, bringing up in the rear of Brig. Gen. Bushrod Johnson's brigade.

Saturday night, by order of Major-General Polk, I sent two of my companies in the direction of Adamsville, to watch the movements of Wallace's division.

Sunday morning, with my three companies (one having been taken by the major-general for escort), I took my position, as ordered, on the left flank of Major-General Polk's corps. We were there engaged skirmishing with the skirmishers of the enemy, while Colonel Russell, commanding brigade, was advancing, capturing 25 or 30 and killing and wounding others.

In the afternoon, at Major-General Hardee's suggestion, we attempted to pass around to the left, to get in rear of the enemy. In doing so we encountered .a detached regiment, which we charged and fired into with shot-guns, killing the officer commanding and others, getting 1 killed and 3 wounded. We then received orders from Major-General Hardee to remain where we were for the present. We bivouacked that night on Owl Creek.

On the morning of the 7th I was ordered by General Beauregard to [462] go with my command to the assistance of Colonel Ferguson. I reported to Colonel Ferguson, but was not needed. For the rest of the day my battalion was employed, by order of General Beauregard, keeping back stragglers. When the army fell back, by order of Major-General Polk, we covered his retreat, getting into camp at Mickey's at 10 o'clock that night.

The next morning I reported to General Breckinridge for duty. Remained three days collecting arms and assisting in removing artillery, &c., as ordered.

I herewith send a list of killed and wounded, as follows: Killed, 5; wounded, 12; missing, 2. Many of my horses were disabled or killed. Both of my horses were shot under me.

Major Baskerville, to whom I am much indebted for coolness, &c., had one of his horses shot.

Very respectfully,

R. H. Brewer, Lieut. Col. Comdg. Battalion M18sissippi and Alabama Cavalry. Maj. George Williamson, Assistant Adjutant-General.


headquarters Polk's Corps, June 5, 1863.
The inclosed report of the part taken by the troops under Major Brewer, of the cavalry, at the battle of Shiloh, should have been sent forward to be put on file at the time the reports of others of my subordinate commanders were transmitted; but it was mislaid. It is approved and respectfully forwarded.

L. Polk, Lieutenant-General.

Hdqrs. Mississippi and Alabama Batt. Of Cavalry, Purdy, Tenn., April 19, 1862.
Major: In compliance with orders from your headquarters I have the honor to report that my command numbered, on the morning of the 6th instant, about 200, rank and file. One hundred detached the night before by Major-General Polk, to scout in the vicinity of Stantonville; one company detached the next morning as body guard to General Polk, and one company with the wagons had not come up. I took the position assigned me — the left flank of Major-General Polk's corpsand covered the flank of Colonel Russell when he brought up his brigade. We there engaged some of the enemy's skirmishers, killing some and wounding others and taking 10 prisoners.

On the afternoon of Sunday we were ordered by General Hardee to endeavor to get in rear of the enemy and charge them. In doing this we encountered a regiment of infantry drawn up in line near Owl Creek. We ran on them with. two squadrons with shot-guns; killed among others one of their field officers, who rode up to ascertain our numbers.

On the morning of the 7th another company was detached to bring in stragglers. We were then ordered by General Beauregard to reenforce Colonel Ferguson. We did so, and after being relieved by Colonel Ferguson reported to General Beauregard. Most of my command [463] was then detached to bring in and keep back stragglers. When the army fell back we acted as rear guard to Major-General Polk's corps, encamped that night near Mickey's, and reported next day to General Breckinridge.

Below I give you a list of casualties:

Killed 2
Wounded 10
Missing 1
Total 13

All of which I respectfully submit.

Your obedient servant,

R. H. Brewer, Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Battalion of Cavalry. Maj. George Williamson, Assistant Adjutant-General.

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