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No. 3.-report of Sergt. William Nelson, Tenth Wisconsin Infantry.

Paint Rook Bridge, May 8, 1862.
Sir: It seems that you did not get my report of the affair with the enemy at this bridge on the night of April 28, 1862. I therefore send you an outline, knowing that you are cognizant of the general outline of the skirmish through hearsay.

On the night of April 28, 1862, the enemy's cavalry, 250 strong, assisted by a number of citizens, made an attack on the guard at this [655] bridge, for the purpose of driving them out and burning the structure. Their attack was continued for more than two hours, when they withdrew, having entirely failed in their attempts.

Wm. Nelson, Sergeant Company I, Commanding. Col. A. R. Chapin.

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