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No. 33.-report of Lieut. James Powell, Eighteenth U. S. Infantry, commanding detachment Second and Fourth U. S. Cavalry.

Pittsburg, Tenn., April 13, 1862.
Sir: I have the honor to report the part taken in the late battle of Pittsburg, Tenn., on Sunday and Monday, April the 6th and 7th, by Company C, Second, and Company I, Fourth Cavalry.

On Sunday morning, the 6th, at about 9 o'clock a. m. I ordered the squadron to deploy as skirmishers on the right flank of our army, to annoy a rebel battery that kept shelling our camps, and at the same time keeping the communications open between the expected reenforcements under the command of Maj. Gen. L. Wallace and the army, which position I held against superior force until the arrival of the above-mentioned general, and then I bivouacked for the night in the rear of our right flank.

On Monday morning, the 7th, I received orders to support a battery under the immediate command of Major-General Wallace. I kept that position during the day, following up the enemy and taking several prisoners. I remained with this division during the night.

Tuesday, the 8th, I received orders to proceed on the road to Corinth; found the enemy in force; returned and reported accordingly.

Casualties during the action: Private Frederick Rhyman, I, Fourth Cavalry, killed, and four horses; wounded, Privates Herberick, Ahrus, McWilliams, Grew, and Hastings, all slightly.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

James Powell, First Lieut., Eighteenth Inft., Comdg. Squad. Reg. Cavalry. Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Division, U. S. Forces, Pittsburg, Tenn.

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