The following is a full abstract of the official report of Captain James St. Clair Morton
, corps of engineers, commanding brigade of pioneers:
The pioneer brigade of the Army of the Cumberland consists of three battalions of infantry, selected from forty different regiments, and the Chicago
Board of Trade battery, Captain Stokes
. Captain Bridges
, of the Nineteenth Illinois, commanded the First battalion; Captain Hood
, of the Eleventh Michigan, the Second, and Captain Clements
, of the Sixty-ninth Ohio, the Third battalion.
On the march from Nashville
, the brigade constructed two bridges over Stewart's Creek
, between the hours of four P. M. and four o'clock A. M., twenty-ninth and thirtieth of December, arriving at the battle-field on the thirtieth.
On the morning of the thirty-first of December, the brigade was engaged in improving the fords of Stone River
, in which the right battalion sustained the fire of some rebel cavalry.
was ordered, soon afterward, to take position in line of battle.
The brigade was formed by order of General Rosecrans
, in person, fronting toward the right.
The enemy appeared on a rise of ground, in front, from which they had driven one of our batteries.
' battery immediately opened fire, with canister, and drove them back.
, at the personal order of General Rosecrans
, who, with his staff accompanying him, advanced to the eminence and held it, under a heavy fire from the rebel batteries and sharpshooters.
' battery was supported by the First battalion, on the left, posted in a thicket; the Third battalion on the right, its flank protected by the Second battalion, posted in a wood, still further to the right.
Shortly after the line was formed the enemy appeared across the field, preparing to charge upon one of our retiring detachments, which had been rallied by the commanding General
' battery opened upon the foe, and the advance