Report of the Effective Strength of the several Regiments composing Adams' Brigade, carried into the Battle of Chickamauga, on each day of the battle.
|command.||name of Commander.||19TH September.||20TH September.|
|Officers.||Enlisted Men.||Total.||Officers.||Enlisted Men.||Total.|
|13th and 20th Louisiana regiment,||Colonel Leon Von Zinken,||34||255||289|
|16th and 25th Louisiana regiment,||Colonel D. Gober,||26||293||319|
|19th Louisiana regiment,||Lieut.-Col. R. W. Turner,||33||317||350|
|Austin's battalion,||Major T. E. Austin,||9||90||99|
|32d Alabama regiment,||Major T. C. Kimball,||18||127||145|
|Slocomb's battery,||Captain C. H. Slocomb,||6||120||126||5||107||112|
R. L. Gibson, Colonel, commanding.
Report of Colonel J. H. Kelly, commanding brigade.
headquarters Third brigade, Preston's division, in the field fronting Chattanooga, September 25, 1863.Captain: I have the honor to submit the following as a report of the operations of the brigade under my command in the battle of the nineteenth and twentieth instant: The night of the eighteenth instant I bivouacked, with three regiments of the brigade (the Sixty-third Virginia, Major French commanding, having been detached the day before as a guard to the division ordnance train), on the right bank of the Chickamauga. At daylight, on the morning of the nineteenth, I was ordered to cross the Chickamauga at Dalton's Ford, and at about eight o'clock I formed line of battle in a corn field, on the left of Brown's brigade, Stewart's division, and three hundred yards in rear of Gracie's brigade, the Fifty-eighth North Carolina, Colonel J. B. Palmer commanding, forming the right; the Fifth Kentucky, Colonel H. Hawkins commanding, the left, and the Sixty-fifth Georgia, Colonel Moore commanding, the centre of my line. Here the brigade was subjected to a brisk cannonade from the enemy's batteries. At about eleven o'clock I was ordered to move by the right flank about four hundred yards, when I again formed line of battle, and remained in position during the remainder of the night and day, being occasionally shelled. At this point the Sixty-Third Virginia, less two companies detached as guard for division ordnance train, reported to the command at about three o'clock P. M. At about seven o'clock, on the morning of the twentieth instant, the brigade was moved by the left flank about three hundred yards and posted on an eminence, as a support to three batteries of Major Leyden's battalion of artillery. From this position I threw out four companies of skirmishers, in charge of Lieutenant-Colonel Edmund Kirby, Fifty-eighth North Carolina. He moved to the front and left, and reported the enemy moving to the right. At one o'clock I was ordered to leave the Sixty-fifth Georgia as a support to the above-named batteries, and move by the right flank and form line of battle five hundred yards in rear of Gracie's brigade and conform to its movements. While the line of battle was in process of formation, I discovered that Gracie's brigade was moving by the right flank on the Chattanooga road. I therefore moved by the right flank five hundred yards to the right of that road and parallel with it. After marching in this direction about one and a half miles, I was halted and ordered to form line of battle to resist an attack from the front or the left flank. This disposition was made, and I remained in position until about half-past 3 o'clock P. M.--the enemy meanwhile actively shelling me. At this time I was ordered to move by the left flank, and, having marched three-fourths of a mile, I was ordered to form on the left of Gracie's brigade. While this was being executed I was ordered to make an oblique change of direction to the right and to advance. I had advanced but a short distance when I was subjected to the enemy's fire. The enemy was posted on a heavily wooded ridge, from which he had several times repulsed other troops of our army. The approach to him was over a succession of hills, with intervening depressions, each hill to the front being somewhat more elevated. The brigade, under fire of the enemy, moved steadily to the front three or four hundred yards, holding its fire until within very short range of the enemy, the right being no more than fifteen or twenty, the centre about forty, and the left about sixty yards distant, when our first fire was delivered.