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[158] Missouri carrying the wounded from the battleground of the morning to the rear nearly all night. The wounded thus carried off were principally from the Eighth, Eleventh, and Twentieth Illinois regiments. The small loss my brigade sustained was owing to the admirable manner in which all orders were executed, and the perfect confidence which existed between the officers and men, the officers all vying with each other in accomplishing their object with the least possible loss of their brave men.

The gallant Eleventh Indiana would have gladly been in the lead, but kindly yielded to their brothers — the Eighth Missouri, with the understanding that it opens the ball on the next occasion, for which it is patiently waiting.

Suffice it to say, that it was in line with the five companies of the Eighth Missouri, not deployed on the hill exactly at the right time.

Annexed please find report of killed, wounded, and missing, also reports of Major McDonald and Col. McGinnis of their regiments.

Very respectfully,

Your obedient servant.

Morgan L. Smith, Colonel Eighth Mo. Vols., Commanding Fifth Brigade. To Capt. Fred Knefler, Assistant Adjutant-General, Third Division, Fort Henry, Tennessee.


Eighth Missouri--one officer and eight privates. Eleventh Indiana--four privates.


Eighth Missouri--one officer and thirty-five privates. Eleventh Indiana--twenty privates.

Report of Col. G. F. McGinnis.

headquarters Eleventh Regt. Indiana Vols., Fort Heiman, Ky., February 19, 1862.
Col. Morgan L. Smith, Commanding Fifth Brigade, Gen. C. F. Smith's Division:
sir: I beg leave to make the following report of the operations of the Eleventh Indiana, under my command, in the battle at Fort Donelson, on the afternoon of the fifteenth inst.

At about one o'clock the order was given to prepare for action. Our regiment was immediately formed in line of battle, under a heavy fire from the enemy, and advanced in good order to sustain the Eighth Missouri, which, being on the right, was the first engaged.

As the enemy occupied a very advantageous position, on a hill covered with thick undergrowth, which almost hid them from our view, I directed Capt. N. R. Ruckle, of company E, to deploy his company as skirmishers, so as to cover our whole line; advance as rapidly as the nature of the ground would permit, and find out the position of the enemy; and nobly was the duty performed.

After a few well-directed rounds from our men, the enemy began to retire, and the Eleventh, gallantly supported by the Eighth Missouri, advanced rapidly, driving the enemy before them, and soon occupied a position in advance of that from which a portion of our forces had been compelled to retire in the morning, and within five hundred yards of the enemy's intrenchments. We held that position, under a heavy fire from the enemy's guns, until ordered to fall back and take position for the night. The night was one of the coldest of the season, but being within eight hundred yards of the enemy's guns, we were not, of course, permitted to build fires, although greatly needed. All, however, submitted willingly and cheerfully, and without a word of complaint, expecting to meet the enemy again in the morning.

On the morning of the sixteenth we were again formed in line of battle, and advanced to within four hundred yards of the enemy's line, expecting every moment to be attacked, when we heard the glorious news that Fort Donelson had surrendered.

I cannot close this report without sincerely thanking every company officer engaged in the action, for the gallant manner in which they per. formed their duties; and especially, First Lieutenants John P. Megrew, of company B, and John L. Hanna, of company F, who being the only commissioned officers with the respective companies, controlled them to my entire satisfaction. Lieut.-Col. Robinson, Major Elston, and Adjutant Macauley, behaved with great gallantry — always at the post of greatest danger, encouraging all and cheering on to the conflict. To them I am much indebted for valuable assistance. Second Lieut. Henry McMullen, of company C, while gallantly performing his duty, was disabled during the early part of the engagement, and was compelled to retire from the field.

Surgeon Thompson and Assistant Surgeon Brown are deserving of especial mention, for their unremitting attentions to the wounded and dying, not only of our command, but of all those who came under their observation. They labored incessantly for twenty-four hours, attending to all that were brought to their notice, thereby setting an example that it would have been well for other surgeons, that could be mentioned, to have imitated.

Accompanying this, you will find a report of the killed and wounded in my command.


George T. McGinnis, Colonel Eleventh Indiana.

headquarters Eleventh regiment Indiana, Fort Heiman, Ky., February 19, 1862.
Col. M. L. Smith, Commanding Fifth Brigade:
sir: In accordance with orders from your headquarters, I respectfully submit the following complete list of the killed and wounded of the Eleventh regiment Indiana volunteers in the battle of the fifteenth inst.


In Co. A, (Capt. Geo. Butler,) private Joseph H. Reeder.

In Co. F, (Lieut. John L. Hanna commanding,) Corporal John E. Holland, private Andrew Head.

In Co. H, (Capt. Joseph H. Livsey,) private John W. W. Parks.

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