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Known to have been killed, nineteen,19
Wounded, thirty-two,32
Missing, seventy-nine,79

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

Silas A. Strickland, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Fiftieth Regiment Volunteers.

Report of Lieutenant-Colonel Cowen.

headquarters Fifty-Second regiment Ohio volunteers, Thirty-Sixth brigade, Eleventh division, army of the Ohio, battle-field near Perryville, Ky., October 9, 1862.
Lientenant J. A. Mallony, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General Thirty-sixth Brigade:
I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the Fifty-second regiment in the battle of yesterday:

In pursuance of the order of Colonel Daniel McCook, commanding the brigade, the Fifty-second regiment on the left of the brigade, moved forward at half-past 3 o'clock yesterday morning from its position three miles west of Perry-ville, toward that village. After advancing about one and a half miles, and crossing a bridge spanning a small stream, the regiment was formed in line of battle; and being ordered to advance to and hold the crest of the hill some five hundred yards in front, company A, in command of Lieut. Bucke, and company H, under command of Lieut. Summers, both companies under command of Capt. Clark, acting Major, were deployed as skirmishers, and our line advanced to the position named.

Some three hundred yards from the Run, at five minutes past four o'clock A. M., the skirmishers were fired on by the rebel pickets; they promptly returned the fire, and drove the pickets over the crest of the hill, into and through the field and wood beyond, and took their position some four hundred yards in front of the regiment.

I am thus particular in detailing these items, because to the Thirty-sixth brigade and to the Fifty-second regiment thus attaches the honor of opening the great and decisive battle of Perry-ville.

Our skirmishers were almost constantly exchanging shots with the rebel skirmishers, and the regiment retained its position on the crest of the hill till half-past 10 o'clock, when, in pursuance of Col. McCook's order, it moved forward about one half of a mile, where we remained without material change of position until four o'clock P. M., when the regiment was moved forward a short distance, with company D, under command of Captain Morrow, and company I, under command of Capt. Schneider, deployed as skirmishers. While thus advancing, the regiment was ordered by Colonel McCook to move to the right some five hundred yards, to assist in supporting Captain Barnett's Second Illinois battery, which was being threatened by a heavy force. The regiment moved rapidly to its position, immediately on the left of the battery, and in the rear of the Thirty-sixth Illinois, and remained in line behind the crest of the hill until the ammunition of the regiment in our front was exhausted, when the Fifty-second, at five P. M., moved forward over the crest of the hill in fine order, and became immediately engaged with the enemy. The regiment continued to fire steadily and effectively about thirty minutes, when at sundown the rebel line with which we were engaged broke and fled in confusion.

I cannot speak in too high terms of praise of the conduct of the officers and men under my command during the whole of this memorable day. When all did their whole duty, it would seem unjust to make any apparent discrimination by specially naming any. Yet circumstances and the varied incidents of the day brought under my special observation the conduct of some, whom I therefore name. Captain I. D. Clark, of company A, Acting Major, from the time the first shot was fired on the skirmishers under his command in the early morning, until the battle was over and the victory won, discharged his varied and arduous duties with skill, courage, and promptness. Adjutant Blackburn and the officers of the skirmishing companies, also attracted my special notice, while the regiment was in its position behind the crest of the hill, on the left of Barnett's battery, and before it relieved the Thirty-sixth Illinois and became actually engaged with the enemy at that point. Sergeant Rudolph, of company H, was conspicuous, among others of the regiment, in assisting at the battery. At ten A. M., the Third Missouri regiment charged past the right of our line of skirmishers upon a force of rebel infantry, and private Samuel Marsh, of company A, joined them in the pursuit. Charley Commure, a little drummer-boy, having lost his drum, took a musket and fought manfully in the line.

The following is a list of our losses, and it seems impossible to credit our apparent miraculous escape.

I take the liberty to say that I ascribe it, to a very great extent, to the consummate skill with which the regiment was handled by our brigade and division commanders.

Killed, none.

Wounded, private James Moneysmith, company I, shoulder, dangerously; private Edward Grimes, company H, arm, severely; private George Wilson, company E, shoulder, slightly. Total wounded, three; missing, none.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. D. T. Cowen, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Fifty-Second Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Cincinnati Gazette account.

battle-field of Perryville, Ky., October 8, 1862.
I feel it a serious undertaking to write the history of a great battle immediately after its occurrence, because no individual can see all that takes place upon a battle-field, nor can he, even with the greatest painstaking and care, always produce a reliable account from the various contradictory

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