No. 79.-report of Lieut. Col. Warner Spencer, Second Kentucky Infantry, of skirmish at Widow Serratt's, near Corinth, Miss., May 21.
camp near Corinth, Miss., May 23, 1862.Sir: Agreeably to your orders, on the morning of the 21st instant the Second Kentucky Regiment, with the balance of your brigade, was ordered out — to reconnoiter in front of General Wood's division. My regiment, for the twenty-four hours previous having been in the intrenchments on duty, was this day held in reserve. During the engagement of the skirmishers the Second Kentucky was posted in an open field to the right of the road, the left wing in advance, supporting Colonel Hanson's regiment; the right about 300 yards to the rear, supporting Captain Loder's battery. Although the regiment was not fortunate enough to take part in the engagement, it was still our misfortune to meet with some severe casualties. Lieutenant Beinert, of Company K, receiving a severe wound from a spent ball; Corporal Kleimenger, mortally (since dead); Corporal Haman and Private Krock, both seriously, all of Company C, were wounded by the premature discharge of a shell from our cannon. Yours, respectfully,