Doc. 114.-Col. Sedgewick's reconnoissance near Corinth, Miss., May 21.
camp near Corinth, Miss., May 22, 1862.The Twenty-second brigade, under Col. Sedgewick, made a reconnoissance yesterday, and had some pretty sharp fighting for fully two hours. We drove the enemy's pickets, outposts, etc., before us for near half a mile, when we found them in force. We then had some of the tallest kind of musketry fighting, enough to convince us that the enemy had a large force opposed to us. We tried to draw the fire of their artillery, and for this purpose we advanced upon them again and again, but our numbers were not strong enough, and we were finally obliged to retire. Col. Hanson, of the Twentieth Kentucky, did well, as he kept in advance of his regiment, urging his skirmishers forward to engage the enemy more closely. Captain Joseph T. Wheeler, who, by the chances of war, found himself in command of the noble First Kentucky, did well with his regiment, which, as it was the first and longest engaged, suffered considerable loss in wounded. The reconnoissance was completely successful, and fully answered the purposes for which it was intended, as we only wished to ascertain the position occupied by the enemy. The Second Kentucky did not have an opportunity of firing a shot, although the officers and men were all anxious, and not a little angry at seeing their men wounded without a chance of returning the compliment. Col. A. Warner Spencer and Major J. R. Hurd exposed themselves constantly, and as they are both gallant gentlemen, I feel confident that, had we been allowed to engage the enemy, we would have had good leaders, at any rate. Col. Sedgewick deserves considerable credit for the manner in which he handled his regiment, and I have no doubt he will receive it from the proper authority. Surgeon Currans, of the Twentieth Kentucky, and Assistant-Surgeon Cox, of the Second Kentucky, deserve all praise for their kindness and attention to the wounded.