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[152] firing of the skirmishers on my right plainly indicated an advance in that direction by the enemy, and in half an hour more their infantry in force attacked the brigade on our right. Their lines being formed diagonally to my front, I could not meet their infantry, and as their batteries opened upon me with grape and canister, I was compelled to order a retrograde movement, which was executed in as good order as possible, and at about three hundred yards distance I made a stand again, but by this time their battery occupied my late line of battle, and I was then ordered to fall back across the river, which was done in good order. My loss in this engagement was three enlisted men killed, ten wounded, and thirty, missing.

The following exhibits the casualties in my regiment, in both engagements:

Commissioned officers killed,3
Enlisted men killed,30
Commissioned officers wounded,5
Enlisted men wounded,81

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

Dwight Jarvis, Jr., Major Commanding Thirteenth Regiment Ohio Volunteers,

Lieutenant-Colonel Liebold's report.

headquarters Second brigade, Third division, January 7, 1863.
I have the honor to submit to you a report of the part taken by the brigade I have now the honor to command, in the battle before Murfreesboro. The brigade, then in command of the lamented Colonel Fred. Schaeffer, were assigned a position as a reserve of the Third division on the thirtieth of December, and took no part in the engagement on our left on that day.

Shortly after daybreak next morning, the thirty-first of December, Col. Schaeffer received orders to reenforce Gen. Sill's brigade with some regiments, and the Fifteenth Missouri volunteers and Forty-fourth Illinois volunteers, under command of Lieut.-Colonel Weber, of the Fifteenth Missouri volunteers, were accordingly sent to Gen. Sill, with orders to report for duty to him. The Second battalion of the Seventy-third Illinois volunteers, under command of Major Preston, was detached to protect Captain Hesscock's battery, while the other battalion of the Seventy-third Illinois volunteers and the Second Missouri volunteers were held in reserve. The Fifteenth Missouri volunteers and Forty-fourth Illinois volunteers had a position assigned to them about thirty yards in rear of Gen. Sill's brigade, when after a short interval Lieut.-Col. Weber received orders to advance in double-quick. The order was promptly executed, and Lieut.-Colonel Weber found himself in front of the enemy, our artillery having retreated, leaving one Parrott gun behind. The two mentioned regiments kept up a strong fire, and even when one regiment on their right broke and ran, they held their position until attacked from the flank and front at once. Lieut.-Colonel Weber then retreated in good order, keeping up a constant firing, until he, being heavily pressed by the enemy, reached a corn-field, where he halted. Soon afterward our troops on the right advanced again on the enemy, when Lieut.-Colonel Weber also rapidly advanced again to a place about fifty yards in advance of his previous position, and formed in line of battle. He had the gun above referred to dragged by his men to the rear of his column, from where it afterward was removed to a safer place. Lieut.-Col. Weber contested his ground admirably until the enemy advanced six columns deep, and a number of the Fifteenth Missouri volunteers gave out, the Forty-fourth Illinois volunteers having previously withdrawn. Then the order to retreat was given and carried out without improper haste, until the edge of the timber was reached, when the pressure of the enemy was so hard that it was necessary to resort to the double-quick. At the time the Fifteenth Missouri volunteers and the Forty-fourth Illinois volunteers rejoined the brigade, orders were given to retreat across the — pike, toward a piece of cedar woods, and two companies of the Second Missouri volunteers were deployed as skirmishers to retard the rapid advance of the enemy. The whole brigade, with the exception of the First battalion of the Seventy-third Illinois volunteers, under command of Captain Bergan, which was a short distance from the main body, arrived at the woods above mentioned, at the edge of which the Second Missouri volunteers, behind natural and very favorable fortifications of huge and deeply-cut rocks, opened a brisk fire on the enemy, which kept him at bay for a considerable length of time. The First battalion of the Seventy-third Illinois volunteers was at the same time attacked by the enemy, but repulsed the attack, when in the attempt to join the brigade it was, by the advance of Gen. Rousseau's division separated, and keeping up a constant firing, crossed the pike and took a position in the cedar grove. Here Captain Bergan, commanding the battalion, withstood three different charges of a whole rebel cavalry brigade, and was shortly afterwards enabled to join the brigade. By this time the ammunition of the Second Missouri had given out, as well as that of the rest of this brigade, and they were ordered into the thicket of the cedar grove. After the lapse of about one hour the brigade was enabled to receive ammunition, and had a new position assigned them on the Chattanooga Railroad. Colonel Schaeffer ordered the Fifteenth Missouri volunteers to deploy in a corn-field, whilst the balance of the brigade held the railroad, and kept up such a galling and well-aimed fire that the enemy, though of a strength to which our force was hardly comparable, and fighting with the utmost desperation, was again and again repulsed. The Fifteenth Missouri volunteers, being in danger of being outflanked, retreated towards the position of the brigade; and it was then, when about giving orders to said regiment, that the true soldier and brave man, my lamented predecessor, Col. Fred. Schaeffer, fell. By order of General Sheridan, I

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