No. 66.-report of Col. James F. Fagan, First Arkansas Infantry, commanding Fourth Brigade, of engagement at Farmington, Miss., May 9.
Hdqrs. Fourth Brigade, Ruggles' Division, May 11, 1862.Captain: I beg leave to submit the following brief report of the part taken by the brigade (Fourth) under my command in the engagement of the 9th instant: On the night previous two regiments of infantry in the brigade (First Arkansas and Second Texas) slept upon their arms in the trenches; the Thirty-eighth Tennessee came in late from outpost duty and were permitted to go to their tents until 3 o'clock next morning. At the hour of 3 o'clock all three of the regiments paraded under arms at the intrenchments, where they remained until ordered, two or three hours later, to their respective camps. Only a short time elapsed after reaching camp before orders were received from the general commanding for an advance. I left the intrenchments by the Farmington road with two regiments of infantry, the First Arkansas and Second Texas (the Thirty-eighth Tennessee being left, as per orders, in the trenches), and one section of Ketchum's battery, commanded by Cap tain Ketchum himself, the rest of his battery being on the Monterey road. We marched by the flank along the Farmington road for 3 or 4 miles, the Fourth Brigade being in the rear of the First, Second, and Third Brigades of the division. After going 3 or 4 miles the order of  marching was changed from by the flank to column by platoons. In this order we continued to march, the section of artillery between the two regiments of infantry, until we reached an old field that was near and overlooked the houses of Farmington. Here the brigade was drawn up in line of battle. Firing was going on at this time (principally, it seemed, artillery) in front and a little to the right. It was not long before orders were received to advance, which was done rapidly, the brigade next forming line of battle beyond the town of Farmington and along the road-side. Captain Ketchum's battery, taking position on an eminence to the left of the brigade, opened fire upon the enemy. After forming here in line of battle we marched directly to the front without breaking line at all; in good order marched rapidly forward, firing upon and receiving the fires of the enemy until it became apparent that we were getting in advance. Skirmishers were then thrown out to the right and left and the brigade pushed rapidly on without delay. The consequence was that the enemy were driven hurriedly before us from one point to another until we reached a morass or swamp, which prevented farther pursuit. At this point, by order, the troops were withdrawn, and returned in good order and high spirits to camp. Captain Ketchum did good execution, rapidly shifting his position as circumstances required, and pouring a continuous fire into the retreating ranks of the enemy. The Second Texas, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Smith, behaved well, officers and men keeping at all times in good order, though marching rapidly and under fire. The First Arkansas Regiment, commanded on that occasion by Capt. William A. Crawford, did its whole duty. The casualties are as follows: Killed, 2; wounded, 6; total, 8. Prisoners taken — a lieutenant, a sergeant, and 3 privates, by First Arkansas Regiment. Of arms taken or lost the reports show none. The above meager account, captain, is respectfully submitted.