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[152] in person directed the posting of his sections, and in very many instances himself sighted the guns. Such conduct found its natural reflection in the perfect order and bravery that characterized his entire command. His battery of six pieces fired one thousand seven hundred rounds of fixed ammunition during the engagement, being an average of two hundred and eighty-four rounds to the gun. McAllister's guns did good service. They were three twenty-four-pounder howitzers, without caissons, and with a limited supply of ammunition, and without a full complement of men. One of them lost a wheel, shot away on the thirteenth, but supplied from their limber. On the fifteenth, the trail of another howitzer was broken, and it was rendered useless. They fired all their ammunition, about fifty rounds to the piece. The cavalry of the brigade (Fourth Illinois, Col. Dickey) did excellent service in reconnoitring and in holding the enemy in check on the right. Lieut.-Col. McCollough, Major Wallace, Capt. Rockwood and Capt. Townsend are worthy of particular mention for services rendered. The field-music and bands of the several regiments and corps rendered very effective service in taking care of the wounded, especially in the Eleventh and Twentieth regiments. The band of the Eleventh lost their instruments.

The surgeons and hospital assistants of the entire command performed their painful and important duties in a manner highly creditable. To Surgeon Goodbrake, Acting Brigade-Surgeon, I feel under especial obligation. Surgeons Kelton of the Forty-fifth; Young, of the Eleventh; Assistant-Surgeons Kent, of the Eleventh; Luce of the Fourth cavalry, and Young, of the Forty-eighth Illinois, also rendered valuable assistance. I also wish to return thanks to Surgeon Edgar, of the Thirty-second Illinois, for attentions to the wounded of my command. Chaplains Pearsons, of the Eleventh, and Button, of the Twentieth, were indefatigable in their attentions to the wounded, and in collecting and burying the dead.

I wish also to call the attention of the General commanding the division to the conduct and bearing of my Staff-Lieutenant, Israel P. Rumsey, of Taylor's battery, Aid-de-Camp and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, and Lieut. George J. Davis, Eleventh Illinois, Quartermaster and Commissary, also Aid-de-Camp. Active, intelligent, ardent, and brave, they were ever ready to render any aid in their power, riding to every part of the field amid the hottest of the fire, and by their daring and coolness contributed much towards the success of the day. Artificer Geo. E. Church, Taylor's battery, who acted as one of my orderlies, is worthy of commendation for bravery and self-possession on the field.

Many instances of individual daring occurred that are worthy of mention, but where all acted their part so nobly, comparisons seem invidious. I cannot forbear citing two instances to which my attention has been called by the commanders of regiments. Corporal Smith, of company E, Seventeenth Illinois, distinguished himself by great personal bravery in skirmishing with the enemy. Corporal Armstrong, of company H, Eleventh. Illinois, when the color-sergeant of the regiment was shot down, and the colors fell, rushed to the spot and seizing the flag, bore it from the field amid a storm of balls. The flag itself was riddled with shot.

In order to a due appreciation of the courage, endurance, and fortitude of the men by whom this victory has been won, it must be borne in mind that they marched from Fort Henry without transportation, or tents, or rations, except what they carried, and that they were exposed for three days and nights without tents, and almost without fires, being so near the enemy's lines as to render fires imprudent; that the weather was extremely severe--two nights they were thus exposed accompanied with driving snow-storms and severe cold; that during the whole three days, they were under fire, and compelled to bivouac in line of battle, with their arms in their hands. Added to this, most of them had never seen a battle, and but few had ever heard a hostile shot. Under all the circumstances, it is certainly a great matter of congratulation that so long and fierce a conflict, against an intrenched enemy, fighting on a position well known to him and unknown to us, and so greatly superior in artillery, has resulted so gloriously for our arms.

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

W. H. L. Wallace, Col. Commanding Second Brigade, First Division.


Number of killed and wounded.

 Killed.Wounded.Missing.Total.
Eleventh regiment,6818379330
Twentieth regiment,181096133
Forty-eighth regiment,831342
Forty-fifth regiment,220 22
Seventeenth regiment,1362681
Forty-ninth regiment,1346968
Taylor's battery,18 9
McAllister's battery, 2 2
 
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Report of Colonel Lauman.

headquarters Fourth brigade, Second division United States army, Fort Donelson, February 18, 1862.
General: I have the honor to report the following movements of the Fourth brigade, Second division.

We left Fort Henry on the morning of the twelfth instant, arriving near Fort Donelson the same evening. Immediately on our arrival, I received your order to move the Seventh Iowa infantry to the front to support a battery of Major Cavender's twenty-pounder rifled Parrott guns, which were placed in a position to command a portion of the rebel works. I obtained permission from you to associate the regiment of Birge's sharpshooters in the movement, and placed the two regiments in position where they remained during the night.


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