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No. 26.-report of Col. B. S. Compton, Fourteenth Missouri infantry.

Headquarters Western Sharpshooters, Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., April 14, 1862.
Sir: In accordance with your order I herewith submit the following [161] retort of the part which the Western Sharpshooters took in the recent battle at this place:

On the morning of the 6th instant, in obedience to your orders, I formed my command in line of battle on the south side of my camp, from which place I moved to the bridge on the Crump's Landing road, where I reconnoitered largely, but finding it impossible to use our arms to advantage on account of the thick brush, my command was ordered back to take position in the open field near Colonel McArthur's headquarters. As soon as this point was gained I sent out some cavalry on the enemy's left to find out their position. On their return they reported an open field, yet unoccupied by the enemy's forces, that would be very favorable for our practice. I immediately advanced with my command, but on approaching the place found that the enemy had taken possession of the field with artillery and infantry, and their cavalry were rapidly advancing upon us to prevent our entering the field. Seeing this I immediately deployed my command, 4nd drove them back with heavy loss. My loss was 2 killed and 3 wounded. After thus repulsing the enemy I marched my command back, and occupied my old position near Colonel McArthur's headquarters. In about two hours the enemy advanced on us again, and were again repulsed with heavy loss. My loss in this onset was 3 wounded. Skirmishing more or less continued until dark. By order of Major-General Grant I occupied this position until the close of the battle. On Monday a portion of my command was deployed as skirmishers to accompany General Wallace's forces.

All of which I most respectfully submit.

Your most obedient servant,

B. S. Compton, Commanding Western Sharpshooters. Geo. L. Paddock, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

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