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No. 78.-report of Maj. Frank P. Cahill, First Kentucky Infantry, of skirmish at Widow Serratt's, near Corinth, Miss., May 21.

Hdqrs. First Regiment Kentucky Volunteers, Camp near Iuka, Miss., June 20, 1862.
General: In compliance with your request I have the honor to transmit the following report of the skirmish in which this regiment was engaged before Corinth on the 21st ultimo:

On the morning of that day, being in command of the regiment, I was ordered to the intrenchments in front of our lines, when, on arriving, I was directed to stack arms and await further orders. Shortly afterward the regiment was ordered to march to the right and take up a position near Russells house, within General Wood's lines, and there await the arrival of the other regiments composing the Twenty-second Brigade, to wit, the Second Kentucky, the Thirty-first Indiana, and Twentieth Kentucky. On the arrival of the regiments Colonel Sedgewick took command of the brigade, and ordered us forward to the front of Wood's division. Having reached the advance line of Wood's pickets, I was ordered to send forward two companies from the right and two from the left as skirmishers. Captain Wheeler, of Company A, was placed in command of the companies on the right, and Captain Hadlock, of Company B, in charge of those on the left. At the same time, and on my own responsibility, I sent Company H, under Captain Williamson, to the left, with orders to prevent the enemy from getting in our rear when we advanced. I then moved forward with the remaining companies to support the skirmishers in front, who had now become hotly engaged with the enemy. We had not advanced more than a hundred yards when heavy firing on our left announced that Company H was already performing the labor assigned it. Indeed, the result which I anticipated occurred. The enemy, seeing us advance, [847] made a desperate effort to turn our left, but were unexpectedly met by Captain Williamson's company and repelled with much loss. I regret to say that our own men suffered considerably in wounded; fortunately none were killed.

Meantime, the firing in front becoming heavier and more rapid, I sent forward two more companies as skirmishers, and moved forward with the remaining companies in support. The enemy, who had up to this time obstinately contested his ground, now began to give way rapidly before the galling fire of our men, who followed him with great spirit and vigor until they were ordered to halt by the brigade commander. The engagement lasted over two hours, but we occupied the ground we gained (nearly three-quarters of a mile) till relieved at sunset, having 1 man killed and 13 wounded.

It gives me much pleasure to add that both officers and men behaved with spirit, coolness, and courage, and deserve the highest commendation.

I have the honor to remain, general, your obedient servant,

Frank P. Cahill, Major, First Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. Brigadier-General Manson, Comdg. Twenty-second Brig., Fourth Div., Army of the Ohio.

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