No. 17.-report of Col. Samuel Beatty, Nineteenth Ohio Infantry, commanding Eleventh Brigade, of operations from April 10. to June 16.
headquarters Eleventh Brigade, June 19, 1862.General: Pursuant to an order received yesterday I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the Eleventh Brigade, T. S. Army, since leaving Pittsburg Landing to the termination of the pursuit of the enemy: After the battle of Shiloh (April 6 and 7) the brigade, then commanded by Brigadier-General Boyle, bivouacked on the battle-field 4½ miles from the Landing, without tents or cooking utensils, and the men much of the time obliged to subsist on half rations, many of them suffering much from exposure to the continuous rains. April 10 the entire brigade went out on picket duty and remained twenty-four hours. April 16 advanced 1 mile, our tents having come up, and went into camp. The men, notwithstanding the scarcity of provisions, continual rain, and entire absence of blankets or even overcoats, had remained cheerful, and were ever ready at the sound of the long roll to form promptly and meet the expected enemy. April 17 details were made from the several regiments of the brigade for the purpose of constructing a road and building two bridges, that the artillery might pass to the front to assist on picket duty; the road constructed was a corduroy of nearly half a mile in length; the bridge small and unimportant, but necessary. April 18 the brigade was formed in line of battle at noon, the alarm coming from the right. The Nineteenth Ohio threw out skirmishers, by order of General Boyle, to cover the entire front of the line of the brigade, and advanced about 1 mile, when it was found that several regiments were quietly picketed in front, and the brigade was ordered back to camp, having been absent four hours. April 22 General Boyle left the brigade on leave of absence, and Col. Samuel Beatty, of the Nineteenth Ohio Regiment, assumed command as senior colonel, and by an order from General Boyle the entire brigade was again on picket duty and remained twenty-four hours. April 23 orders were received to form the brigade in line of battle at  4 a. m. each morning and so remain for one hour. This order wrhs strictly complied with so long as there existed the slightest necessity for so doing. April 29 advanced about 1 mile on the main Corinth road and bivouacked for the night. On the 30th advanced 3 miles, and encamped in rear of General Mc-Cook and near General Buell's headquarters. A detail of 40 men was ordered from the brigade by Captain Starling, to construct a road to the front to connect with General McCook's roads. May 3 received orders to march, with two tents to a company. Advanced 5 miles on the Corinth road and encamped. Details were made from this camp to work roads, but no new ones were constructed by the brigade exclusively. May 7 another advance of 2 miles and encamped. May 9 the brigade moved out with the division some 3 miles on the Farmington road and remained until the evening of the 10th, when it returned to camp. May 15 an alarm at midnight. The brigade was promptly formed in line of battle and remained for several hours. May 16 the Fifty-ninth Ohio Regiment, while out on picket, captured and reported 15 fine beef cattle belonging to the rebels. At this time, in conjunction with the Fourteenth Brigade, we were constructing the road through the swamp into the large, open field. The road was completed on the 16th, and on the 17th the brigade moved across the swamp with the general advance of the army and bivouacked in the large field near Farmington. May 19 details for throwing up intrenchments were made from all regiments in the brigade, and under the superintendence of Captain Starling constructed the rifle pits, extending through the woods into the open field. May 20 the Fifty-ninth out on outpost duty, and was ordered by Major-General Buell to send forward 20 men and a lieutenant and drive the enemy from a house and barn in the open field beyond the church. The order was promptly executed, when, by order of Brigadier-General Nelson, general officer of the day, the regiment advanced and established our lines half a mile in advance of our previous position, killing 4 of the enemy, wounding some, and taking 1 prisoner. May 21 the Ninth Kentucky Regiment out on outpost duty and kept up a continual fight all day. Colonel Grider reports 10 of the enemy killed or mortally wounded, as they could be plainly seen from his position. The Ninth experienced no loss; 2 men were struck with spent balls, but not seriously injured. One of the enemy having climbed a tree, caused much annoyance for some time, but was finally shot and seen to fall heavily to the ground. May 22 the Nineteenth Ohio Regiment, being on outpost, was fired upon by the enemy from a battery of artillery, with which they attempted to retake the house and barn occupied on the 20th by the Fifty-ninth Ohio Regiment. After a sharp engagement the pickets of the Nineteenth fell back, but the success of the rebels was short-lived. Lieutenant-Colonel Hollingsworth ordered six companies to advance, take, and hold the former position. This was done in fine style by Companies B, C, D, G, H, and I, after which no more trouble was experienced. The loss to the regiment was 6 men wounded. In three cases amputation was necessary; the remaining will again be fit for service. The loss of the enemy is unknown, but must have been heavy. May 28 the brigade moved with the general advance and took its  position at the Box house. The Nineteenth Regiment was ordered to the front) to clear the open field in front of the house and advance our lines. Companies A and K were ordered out as skirmishers and soon drove in the rebel pickets, taking 7 prisoners within the first hour, and advancing our lines nearly half a mile. The conduct of Lieutenant Myers and Lieutenant Lentz is highly spoken of in this connection. At night the brigade furnished details to throw up the breastworks on the point in the front of Box's house. The Nineteenth Ohio Regiment was ordered by Major-General Buell to report to General Nelson. It did so, and remained [until] the morning of the 29th, at which time it rejoined its brigade. May 29 the Fifty-ninth on outpost duty; sharp skirmishing kept up along the whole line. Colonel Hobson, of the Thirteenth Kentucky, had to shift his position, as the enemy's guns were being brought to bear rapidly upon him. Lieut. A. B. McKee, of Company B, Fiftyninth Regiment, was severely wounded in the groin while placing or moving the advance pickets. This was the only casualty of the day. The enemy's loss not known. May 30.--This morning, when it was ascertained that Corinth was evacuated, I held my brigade in readiness to follow up the retreat at a moment's notice, but did not receive any order to do so. On the 31st we, by your order, returned to our camp in the field. June 1 on grand-guard duty at Corinth. June 4, 5, and 6 marched with the other brigade of your division in pursuit of the enemy some 25 miles toward Booneville, Miss., and bivouacked for two days. From there I took up the line of march with the other brigade of your division for this place, passing through Jacinto, Iuka, and Tuscumbia arriving here on Monday, June 16. With much respect, I am, your obedient servant,