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[121] Twenty-third Kentucky. There was now not more than an hour of the day left, and though the enemy were constantly manoeuvring in our front, no formidable attack was made upon us except with artillery. The enemy having been three several times repulsed from their attack on that position, seemed satisfied to keep at a respectful distance, and the sun set upon us masters of the situation. We had sustained ourselves and held the only portion of the original line of battle that was held throughout by any portion of our army. To have lost this position would have been to lose every thing, as our left would then have been turned and utter rout or capture inevitable. To the “fearless spirits who hazarded and lost their lives on this consecrated spot,” the country owes a deep debt of gratitude. No purer patriot, more upright man and devoted Christian than Colonel McKee of the Third Kentucky, ever offered up his life in defence of his country.

To the members of my staff, present with me in the field, Captain Edmund R. Kerstetter, Assistant Adjutant, Lieut. James R. Hume, Aid-de-Camp, and Lieut. James R. Warner, Inspector-General, I am under the greatest obligations. They were constantly with me in the thickest of the fight, ably and gallantly assisting me in every way possible. My escort was also faithful and efficient. With the exceptions already alluded to, all of us were so fortunate as to get through unscathed.

The casualties in the brigade were as follows:

The Third Kentucky went into action with thirteen officers and three hundred enlisted men, and lost:

Enlisted men,127734

The Fifty-eighth Indiana went into action with nineteen officers and three hundred and eighty-six enlisted men, and lost:

Enlisted men,1691 

The One Hundredth Illinois went into action with twenty-seven officers and three hundred and ninety-four enlisted men, and lost:

Enlisted men,533 

The Twenty-sixth Ohio went into action with twelve officers and three hundred and seventy-four enlisted men, and lost:

Enlisted men,977 


The brigade went into action with seventy-one officers and one thousand four hundred and fifty-four enlisted men, and lost:

Enlisted men,4227834
Total killed and missing in brigade,379

For more minute reports of the parts performed by the different regiments, I transmit herewith their respective reports. During the evening of the thirty-first I was notified that in consequence of the indisposition of Gen. Wood and a wound received by him during the day, he was relieved of the command of the division, and that the same would devolve upon myself, I therefore turned over the command of the brigade to Col. Geo. P. Buell of the Fifty-eighth Indiana, and assumed command of the division.

All of which is respectfully submitted.

Milo S. Hascall, Brigadier-General Volunteers Commanding Brigade. Ed. R. Kerstetter, Captain and A. A. G.

General Woodruff's report.

headquarters Third brigade, First division, right wing, Fourteenth corps, January 5.
To Lieutenant T. W. Morrison, A. A.A. G. First Division:
sir: I have the honor to report the operations of the Third brigade, First division, of the right willing, in the five days battle before Murfreesboro.

This brigade, having held the advanced position on Overall's Creek on the afternoon and night of Monday, December twenty-ninth, was the base of formation for the line of battle on Tuesday morning. At an early hour on the morning of the thirtieth, I received instructions that we would move forward in line of battle, and was directed to join my left with Brig.-Gen. Sill's brigade, holding the right of the Second division, under Brig.-General Sheridan, and that Col. Carlin, commanding the Second brigade of the First division, would connect his line with my right. This brigade was accordingly formed in two lines, the Thirty-fifth Illinois regiment, Lieut.-Colonel Chandler, on the right; the Twenty-fifth Illinois regiment, Col. T. D. Williams commanding, on the left in the first line of battle; and the Eighty-first Indiana regiment, Lieut.-Col. Timberlake, in the second line in reserve, the extreme left on the right of the turnpike. The Eighth Wisconsin battery of four guns, Capt. Carpenter commanding, being placed in the interval between Brig.-Gen. Sill's right and my left. My front was curtained with two companies of skirmishers detailed from the Twenty-fifth and Thirty-fifth Illinois regiments, under the command and immediate supervision of Major McIlvain, of the Thirty-fifth Illinois regiment. The command to my right and left were formed in the same manner. We moved forward on the morning of Tuesday, thirtieth, at about ten o'clock, and halted in the edge of a large cotton-field immediately in front of a wood running parallel with the turnpike, our lines facing Murfreesboro, which

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