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[147] Graham. Slightly wounded — Henry Hunter, Lawson Matthews, Moreus D. Matthews, Rumsey Smith.

Co. B, Captain Smith Commanding. Killed — Austin Stinson, Ralph Morris, Burrel Ford. Wounded — Sylvester White, Wm. Burdell.

Co. C, Capt. Beckham Commanding. Killed — Sam. B. Ford. Badly wounded — Barney Brackett. Wounded slightly — W. J. Mahony Davidson, Willoughby.

Co. D, Lieut. Taylor Commanding. Wounded — Thos. Baine, Joseph W. Coleman, William Baize, Charles H. Hooker. Missing — Joseph Stewart.

Co. E, Capt. Gane Commanding. Wounded — John O. Patterson, Louis Morris.

Co. F, Capt. Bennett Commanding. Wounded--Sergeants T. A. Bennett, Geo. Bunger, private Virgil Bennett.

Co. H, Capt Little Commanding. Wounded — Alex. Blandefor, John W. Cobb. Missing — Terrence Davidson, J. W. Landefer.

Co. I, Capt. Vaughn Commanding. Wounded--Sergeant J. Jennings, Lewis Condor, John Hicks, Robt. Wood, Jos. R. Payne, Oliver H. Walcott, Isaac Belger, and Wm. A. Sublett.

Co. K, Lieut. F. H. Little Commanding. Remus Whittinghill, badly wounded in the thigh; J. W. Howard, acting Lieut., slightly wounded,

Respectfully submitted.

John H. Mchenry, Jr., Colonel Seventeenth Kentucky Vol. To Col. Cruft, Commanding First Brigade, Second Division.


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headquarters Thirty-First Reg. Ind. Vols., Fort Henry, Tenn., Feb. 18, 1862.
Col. Charles Cruft, Commanding First Brigade, Third Division:
Sir: In obedience to your order, the regiment left its camp near Fort Donelson on the morning of the fifteenth February, 1862, with an effective force of seven hundred and twenty-seven men. The order given to Lieut. Col. Osborn, was to follow the Twenty-fifth Kentucky regiment and form in line on the left, and await further orders. Before the regiment could reach the position which it was to occupy, it was exposed to a galling fire of musketry and artillery from the hill on our left, which was occupied by the enemy in strong force. The regiment was promptly formed in line of battle at the foot of the hill, and opened a cool and effective fire on the enemy, until it was broken by the troops which gave way on our right and front, and came rushing through our ranks near the centre. Our line was, however, promptly re-formed on the hill to the right and rear of our position. This movement was made necessary by the movements of the enemy, who had outflanked and driven back the Twenty-fifth Kentucky, formed in line at the foot of the hill occupied by your brigade in its new position. In the change of position a few men with Lieut.-Col. Osborn became detached from the regiment, and were unable to rejoin it during the day. From this position a most effective fire was poured into the enemy's ranks, which was interrupted by Col. Logan, who stated that we were firing into his brigade from our right. To ascertain the correctness of the statement, you ordered me to deploy the first company, Captain Smith, as skirmishers. He soon reported that it was the enemy in force which we had been firing upon, and that their line extended a considerable distance beyond our right. In accordance with your order, I then moved the line further to the right, the movement being executed with the greatest coolness and order. From this position the enemy's fire was replied to with such precision that they soon gave way. You then ordered two companies to be deployed forward as skirmishers. I ordered companies I and C to deploy in front of our line, which was promptly executed, and the woods and bushes were soon cleared of the enemy. At this time the report reaching us that the enemy were forming in a hollow leading to the hospital in our rear, you ordered me to move with the brigade to the hill immediately in rear of the hospital. No further attack being made, the regiment was kept in this position till about four o'clock P. M. At this time I was ordered to march the regiment into the ravine below the Fort on the extreme right of our lines, and support the Eleventh Indiana and Eighth Missouri regiments, which were ordered with us to assault the hills and drive the enemy from their works. I formed the regiment on the left of the Seventeenth Kentucky, and charged over the hills until we reached a ravine immediately below the enemy's batteries, where we were exposed to a terrible fire of grape, shrapnel, and shells. To avoid this, I moved the regiment by the right flank further up the ravine, when the enemy having retreated within their works, we were ordered back to the position from which we charged. I cannot speak too highly, Colonel, of the coolness and bravery of the men, and the gallant behavior of the officers who were with the regiment during the day,

Where all were so prompt in performing their duty as brave soldiers, it would be unjust to attempt to particularize. Although brought into action for the first time, under a terrible fire from an enemy concealed in a dense undergrowth of leafy oak bushes, they never for a moment lost coolness and presence of mind. They used their arms with the greatest deliberation, retaining their fire until they could procure a deliberate aim. In the afternoon engagement, they exhibited, if possible, even more daring, not flinching in the least from the storm of iron which raked the bushes and ploughed the ground around them. In conclusion, Colonel, permit me to congratulate you upon your escape from the terrible, fire to which you exposed yourself continually, during both actions, without receiving any dangerous wounds; and also to thank you for giving your brigade and our regiment, an opportunity to asist so materially in the consummation of the great victory. I am, Colonel, your most obedient servant,

Fred. Arn, Major Thirty-first Indiana Volunteers.


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