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[143] been destroyed, the rebels commenced shelling us.

I sent the Third Kentucky well to the right and front, and the Seventh Pennsylvania to the left, keeping the Fourth Michigan and First and Second Tennessee in reserve. After some little delay we again advanced. The Fourth Michigan, being next to and on the right of the road with one company advanced as skirmishers; the Third Kentucky on the right of the Fourth Michigan, the First Tennessee on the right of the Third Kentucky, and the Second Tennessee in reserve. In this formation we moved through a cedar thicket, with a dense undergrowth, rendering it almost impossible to force our way through. We had occasional heavy skirmishing with the enemy, who continued to shell us as we advanced.

About six miles out we met the enemy in force. A sharp skirmish ensued, the Fourth cavalry, First Tennessee infantry, and the Seventh Pennsylvania cavalry, having to bear the brunt of the fight on our side.

The enemy were driven from the field with heavy loss, and w.c returned to within a mile and a half of Murfreesboro, and went into camp.

I beg to refer you to the reports of regimental commanders for the particulars of the operations of detached portions of the brigade.

I have to call your particular attention to the reports of Colonel Murray, Third Kentucky, and Captain Mix and Lieut. Eldridge, of the Fourth Michigan.

Col. Murray, with a handful of men, performed services that would do honor to a fill regiment

Capt. Mix, with about fifty men, not only drove two hundred of the enemy for over two miles, but he there held his position against an entire regiment of rebel cavalry.

Lieut. Eldridge, with eighteen men, dismounted, attacked the enemy, routed them, and recaptured a wagon full of ammunition.

In the engagement of Wednesday, the thirty-first, while leading his company in a charge, Capt. Mix's horse was shot under him, and in the same charge, Lieut. Woolley, his A. A.A. G., was thrown from his horse, severely hurting his leg, notwithstanding which he remounted and continued to perform all his duties.

Inclosed herewith I send you a report of such officers and men as deserve special mention; also a report of casualties.

In explanation of the large number of “missing” reported by the Seventh Pennsylvania, I would call your attention to the fact that the entire force of one battalion was deployed as a chain of videttes in rear of our line of battle, when the right wing was driven back, and many of the men must have been captured by the enemy while endeavoring to drive forward the straggling infantry.

The brigade has captured and turned over one hundred and ninety-two prisoners.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. H. G. Minty, Colonel Commanding First Cavalry Brigade.

Report of casualties of the First brigade First division cavalry reserve of the Fourteenth army corps, from the advance from Nashville on the Twenty-Sixth December, 1862, including the battles before Murfreesboro:

Regiments.Killed.Wounded.Missing.Total.Horses.
Officers.Enlisted Men.Officers.Enlisted Men.Officers.Enlisted Men.Officers.Enlisted Men.Killed.Wounded.
2d Indiana Cavalry, 1  113114 1
7th Penn. Cavalry, 2 9 50 61913
3d Kentucky Cavalry, 117 119715
4th Michigan Cavalry, 116 121192117
1st M. Tenn. Cavalry,  1518213198
2d E. Tenn. Cavalry,12 10 5117511
Totals,1733728961336165

headquarters First cavalry brigade, January 8, 1863.

headquarters First cavalry, camp near Murfreesboro, January 7, 1863.
Lieutenant Chamberlain, A. A.A. G., First Cavalry Division:
sir: In handing in a report of such officers and men who deserve special mention, I must confine myself to those who came under my personal observation, as the regimental commanders decline mentioning any one in particular where undoubtedly all did their duty well.

First Sergeant Bedtelyon, of company K, Fourth Michigan cavalry, rode by my side during both charges against the enemy in the engagement of Wednesday evening, December thirty-first, and displayed great gallantry and coolness. I have recommended him to his Excellency, the Governor of Michigan for promotion. Bugler Ben Depenbrock Second Indiana cavalry, and Quartermaster Sergeant Edward Owen, Fourth Michigan cavalry--when we were driven back in the early part of the evening of December thirty-first, I was on foot and in rear of the dismounted skirmishers who were running for their horses — when these two gallant soldiers galloped to the front, bringing up my horse. Lieut. John Woolley, Second Indiana cavalry, A. A.A. G. First cavalry brigade, was thrown from


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