that Gen. McCook's splendid division from Kentucky drove back the enemy along the Corinth road, which was the great centre of the field of battle, and where Beauregard commanded in person, supported by Bragg's, Polk's, and Breckinridge's divisions. I think Johnston was killed by exposing himself. in front of his troops at the time of their attack on Buckland's brigade on Sunday morning, although in this I may be mistaken. My division was made up of regiments perfectly new, all having received their muskets for the first time at Paducah. None of them had ever been under fire, or beheld heavy columns of an enemy bearing down on them, as this did on last Sunday. To expect of them the coolness and steadiness of older troops would be wrong. They knew not the value of combination and organization. When individual fear seized them, the first impulse was to get away. My Third brigade did break much too soon, and I am not yet advised where they were during Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. Col. Hildebrand, its commander, was as cool as any man I ever saw, and no one could have made stronger efforts to hold his men to their places than he did. He kept his own regiment, with individual exceptions, in hand an hour after Appler's and Mungen's regiments had left their proper field of action. Col. Buckland managed his brigade well. I commend him to your notice as a cool, intelligent and judicious gentleman, needing only confidence and experience to make a good commander. His subordinates, Cols. Sullivan and Cockerill, behaved with great gallantry, the former receiving a severe wound on Sunday, and yet commanding and holding his regiment well in hand all day; and on Monday, until his right arm was broken by a shot, Cockerill held a larger proportion of his men than any colonel in my division, and was with me from first to last. Col. J. A. McDowell, commanding the First brigade, held his ground on Sunday till I ordered him to fall back, which he did in line of battle, and when ordered he conducted the attack on the enemy's left in good style. In falling back to the next position he was thrown from his horse and injured, and his brigade was not in position on Monday morning. His subordinates, Cols. Hicks and Worthington, displayed great personal courage. Col. Hicks led his regiment in the attack on Sunday, and received a wound which is feared may prove fatal. He is a brave and gallant gentleman, and deserves well of his country. Lieut.-Col. Walcutt of the Ohio Forty-sixth, was severely wounded on Sunday, and has been disabled ever since. My Second brigade, Col. Stuart, was detached near two miles from my headquarters. He had to fight his own battle on Sunday against superior numbers, as the enemy interposed between him and Gen. Prentiss early in the day. Col. Stuart was wounded severely, and yet reported for duty on Monday morning, but was compelled to leave during the day, when the command devolved on Col. T. Kilby Smith, who was always in the thickest of the fight, and led the brigade handsomely. I have not yet received Col. Stuart's report of the operations of his brigade during the time he was detached, and must therefore forbear to mention names. Lieut.-Colonel Kyle, of the Seventy-first, was mortally wounded on Sunday, but the regiment itself I did not see, as only a small fragment of it was with the brigade when it joined the division on Monday morning. Several times during the battle cartridges gave out, but Gen. Grant had thoughtfully kept a supply coming from the rear. When I appealed to regiments to stand fast although out of cartridges, I did so because to retire a regiment for any cause has a bad effect on others. I commend the Fortieth Illinois and Thirteenth Missouri for thus holding their ground under heavy fire, although their cartridge-boxes were empty. Great credit is due the fragments of men of the disordered regiments who kept in the advance. I observed and noticed them, but until the brigadiers and colonels make their reports, I cannot venture to name individuals, but will in due season notice all, who kept in our front, as well as those who preferred to keep back near the steamboat landing. I will Also send a full list of the killed, wounded, and missing, by name, rank, company, and regiment. At present I submit the result in figures:
The enemy captured seven of our guns on Sunday, but on Monday we recovered seven--not the identical guns we had lost, but enough in number to balance the amount.
At the time of recovering our camps, our men were so fatigued that we could not follow the retreating masses of the enemy; but on the following day, I followed up with Buckland's and Hildebrand's brigades for six miles, the result of which I have already reported.
Of my personal staff, I can only speak with praise and thanks.
I think they smelt as much gunpowder and heard as many cannon-balls and bullets as must satisfy their ambition.
Capt. Harmon, my Chief of Staff, though in feeble health, was very active in rallying broken troops, encouraging the steadfast, and
|Taylor's Battery,||No report.|
|Officers — Killed,||16|
|Soldiers — Killed,||302|
|Aggregate loss in the Division,||2034|