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Total killed in brigade: six commissioned officers, eighty-one enlisted men; aggregate, eighty seven. Total wounded in brigade: eleven commissioned officers, one hundred and ninety-six enlisted men ; aggregate, two hundred and seven Total missing in brigade: two commissioned officers, one hundred and nine enlisted men; aggregate, one hundred and eleven. Total loss in brigade: nineteen commissioned officers, three hun dred and eighty-six enlisted men; aggregate, four hundred and five.

The command moved from Allatoona at about half-past 2 P. M. on the seventh, marched to Cartersville that night; next day, the eighth, to Kingston, where one company from Fifty-seventh Illinois were left in charge of prisoners capture at Allatoona; balance of the brigade returning to Rome, next day, ninth, arriving at about twelve M., each regiment going directly to camp Accompanying this, forward a list of casualties.

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

F. J. Hurlbut, Lieutenant-Colonel Fifty-seventh Illinois Infantry, Commanding Brigade.


Major Forsse's Report.

headquarters Fifty-Seventh Illinois veteran volunteer infantry, Rome, Georgia, October 10, 1864.
Nelson Flansburg, Lieutenant and Assistant Adjutant-General:
Lieutenant: In accordance with circular, dated headquarters Third brigade, Fourth division, Fifteenth army corps, October tenth, 1864, I would very respectfully submit the following report. Owing to an accident on the railroad on the morning of the fifth instant, the regiment did not arrive at Allatoona until after the battle. Companies A and B were there, and were occupied during the night of the fourth instant in unloading ammunition from the railroad train and carrying it into the fort. At daylight both companies were sent out as skirmishers, under command of Captain Vansteinburg, company B. They remained on the line until driven into the fort, where they fought during the remaining part of the engagement.

Casualties: Company A, Thomas Ward, Phillip Bohaler, killed; Thomas Minza, wounded; William Duell, missing. Company B, Lieutenant G. U. Barr, wounded; Michael White, killed; John James, John W. Clark, Granville Garo, George H. Guler, Corporal Hiram Lewis, wounded.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Erix Forsse, Major Fifty-seventh Regiment Illinois Veteran Volunteer Infantry.


Captain Cameron's Report.

headquarters Thirty-Ninth Iowa infantry, Kingston, Georgia, October 9, 1864.
Lieutenant N. Flansburg, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Third Brigade, Fourth Division, Fifteenth Army Corps.
Lieutenant: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the Thirty-ninth Iowa infantry in the engagement at Allatoona, Georgia, on the fifth day of October, 1864, the march pursuant thereto, together with a tabular list of the casualties sustained.

The regiment, consisting of eight (8) companies, numbering two hundred and eighty (280) men, and commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel James Redfield, left Rome, Georgia, at eight o'clock P. M., October fourth, 1864, and proceeded by rail to Allatoona, Georgia, a distance of thirty-five (35) miles, arriving at one o'clock A. M., October fifth. At daybreak, were thrown into line, two hundred (200) yards west of depo, but were immediately after ordered into position, three hundred (300) yards further west, and four hundred (400) yards west of main fortification on Cartersville road. Here a disposition was made of the forces, as it seemed certain that the main attack would come from this direction.

Companies B and C of the Thirty-ninth Iowa were thrown forward as skirmishers on the left of the line, and companies A, F, and I were sent forward three hundred (300) yards to the right and front of the main line, to hold the crest of a hill, and discover any movements which the enemy might contemplate on our right flank, while companies E, G, and K were in the centre, holding hastily-constructed rifle-pits, with orders to maintain their position at all hazards. This was the disposition of the companies of the regiment at the time that General Corse sent to the rebel General French his refusal to surrender the town and his command. The engagement opened at nine o'clock A. M., between our skirmishers and those of the enemy. The latter immediately threw forward heavy bodies of infantry, but were held in check for some time by our advanced companies, and it was in the attempt of the enemy to drive back our right, that Lieutenant O. D. Russell, company C, received a painful wound in the breast while firmly maintaining his position. After an obstinate resistance of an hour, these companies were compelled to retire, which they did, stubbornly contesting every inch of ground, and punishing the enemy terribly at every step of his advance. At this juncture of affairs, the brave and gallant Lieutenant-Colonel, James Redfield, fell, pierced through the heart by a musket-ball, while enthusiastically encouraging his command to stand firm, and hurl back death and defiance at the enemies of our country. Almost simultaneously, the brave and courteous Lieutenant O. C. Ayres received the fatal shot while nobly discharging his duty. The advanced companies having retired to the crest of a hill, in rear of the riflepits, continued to pour a murderous and destructive fire into the ranks of the enemy with telling effect, causing him to stagger and waver; at length, however, the enemy threw a heavy force round our right flank, and pouring a deadly enfilading fire, rendered our position upon the crest of a hill entirely untenable, and compelled our forces to retire within the main works, four hundred (400) yards in rear of our advance line, leaving only the three companies in the rifle-pits to contest the advance of the


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