Report of Col. Alfred R. Chapin, Tenth Wisconsin Infantry.
Hdqrs. Tenth Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers, Paint Rock, Ala., May 13, 1862.Sir: In compliance with your request I forward you Sergt. William Nelson's report of the skirmish at Paint Rock Bridge. By order I detached Sergeant Nelson and 15 men to guard this bridge. Lieutenant Harkness, posted at Woodville, with 20 men, learned through negro information that the bridge was threatened, and sent Sergt. Augustus H. Makimson and 10 men to re-enforce the guard at the bridge. After the fight my men found 1 of the enemy killed and 1 severely wounded. The wounded man reports that the enemy's forces consisted of 250 cavalry, who dismounted to attack the bridge. He also stated that they had 6 men killed before he was wounded. All of my men agree in giving much credit to Sergeant Makimson for his coolness. When ordered to surrender he replied that he would not do it as long as he had a man alive. Although Sergeant Nelson had the command, from what I can learn I think the most credit is due to Sergeant Makimson. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,