No. 218.-report of Maj. John H. Kelly, Ninth Arkansas Infantry Battalion.
Hdqrs. Battalion Ninth Arkansas Volunteers, Camp, near Corinth, Miss., April 9, 1862.Sir: I have the honor to make the following report as to the action of my command in the battle of the 6th and 7th instant: Early on the morning of the 6th my battalion, in conjunction with the Eighth Arkansas, Colonel Patterson commanding, was thrown forward as skirmishers, relieving the Third Mississippi Battalion, Major Hardcastle commanding. After sharp firing we succeeded in driving in the enemy's skirmishers. We then took our position in line of battle and advanced upon the enemy, driving him, after a spirited resistance, beyond one of his encampments. After advancing some distance we were ordered to change front to the left, which brought us directly in front of the enemy, who was drawn up in line of battle in strong position on a hill, with a battery of artillery. We were ordered to charge; the battery was taken, the  enemy retiring to another strong position, from which he was routed after an obstinate resistance. My command, amid the confusion, was separated from the brigade, and, finding the Eighth Arkansas, we continued to act together. Our men being completely exhausted from marching, and having been under fire for several hours, we moved them forward and halted in a good position in order to rest them. Here we were ordered to remain by General Hardee. Soon after one of the enemy's batteries opened an enfilade fire on us, compelling us to change our position for a more secure one. This we attained by moving about 200 yards diagonally to the left, where we remained but a short time, when we were ordered forward by General Beauregard, and placed on the right of the line, commanded, I think, by Colonel Smith or General Stewart. This was about 10 a. m. After forming this line we advanced upon the enemy and drove him back, by hard fighting, to a very strong position, from which we were unable to dislodge him, owing to the exhausted condition of our men. We, however, held our position until fresh troops arrived, when we were withdrawn. After this we rested our men about three-quarters of an hour, and were moved forward by the brigadier-general commanding at about 4 p. m. and took position in a field. From this we were advanced still farther. The enemy began to shell us from his gunboats, and we were withdrawn to a more secure position. It being night, we slept on our arms in an encampment of the enemy. List of casualties on the 6th instant. Command. R . Remarks.
|Command.||Number of enlisted men in fight.||Killed.||Wounded.||Missing.||Officers wounded.||Remarks.|
|Company B||35||2||16||2||Lieutenants Richardson and Perryman.|
|Company C||32||1||11||2||Lieutenants Montgomery and Cates.|
|Company D||24||3||7||1||Lieutenant Harris.|
|Total killed and wounded||48|
|Aggregate killed and wounded||53|
|Command.||Number of enlisted men in fight.||Enlisted men.||Officers.|
Jno. H. Kelly, Major, Commanding.