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I take pleasure in calling your attention to the gallant and enthusiastic conduct of private John Thompson, Company F, and J. M. Byrd, Company G, who boldly moved in advance of the command and discharged their arms with due caution and alacrity. They were the first to open fire and last to quit the field, and I am happy, while reporting the especially worthy conduct of those two privates, not to have a solitary instance of cowardice or wavering to report, the whole command having advanced and stood under the fire from which older troops and greater numbers had retired.

Very respectfully,

John Snodgrass, Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding Fourth Alabama Battalion.

Return of the Casualties in the First Division.

commands.killed.mortally wounded.severely wounded.slightly wounded.missing.remarks.
Second brigade.      
Fifth Regiment Kentucky Volunteers929131 
Fourth Regiment Kentucky Volunteers5  131 
Thirty-first Regiment Mississippi Volunteers1061516  
Thirty-first Regiment Alabama Volunteers2  91 
Fourth Alabama Battalion33316  
Hudson's Battery  33 
Fourth brigade.      
Nineteenth Regiment Tennessee Volunteers  1 1 
Twentieth Regiment Tennessee Volunteers  11  
Twenty-eighth Regiment Tennessee Volunteers1 11  
Forty-fifth Regiment Tennessee Volunteers1 11  
Fifteenth Regiment Mississippi Volunteers    1This regiment was held in reserve.
Twenty-second Regiment Mississippi Volunteers13 18161 
Cobb's Battery      

Respectfully submitted,

T. B. Smith, Colonel, commanding First Division. To Captain Buckner, Assistant Adjutant-General

Officers mentioned for Gallant Conduct at the Battle of Baton Rouge, Exhibit “A,” Report of the First Division.

Captain Hughes, commanding Twenty-second Mississippi regiment.

Brigadier-General Charles Clark and his Aides.

Lieutenants Spooner and Yerger.

Major H. E. Topp, of the Thirty-first Mississippi regiment,

Major Brown, Chief of Subsistence.

Captain J. H. Miller, commanding Fourth Kentucky regiment.

Colonel Crossland, Seventh Kentucky regiment.

Major J. C. Wickliffe, of the Fifth Kentucky.

Privates John Thompson, Company H, and J. M. Byrd, Company G, Fourth Alabama battalion.

Lieutenant-Colonel Moore, of the Nineteenth Tennessee regiment.

Adjutant Fitzpatrick, Twenty-second Mississippi regiment. T. B. Smith,

Report of Brigadier-General M. L. Smith.

Headquartter Third District, Vioksburg, August--, 1862.
Major M. M. Kimmel, A. A. G.:
Major: The following report of the attack and defence of Vicksburg is respectfully submitted to the Major-General commanding the District of Mississippi:

I assumed command of Vicksburg and its defences on the twelfth of May, in obedience to orders from Major-General Lovell, and proceeded at once to prepare for the approach of the enemy, then known to have passed Baton Rouge with a formidable fleet, having in view to open the river to Memphis and Fort Pillow, then in our possession. At the time of arriving, the state of preparation for defence was as follows: Of the ten batteries that have been in use, three were mostly completed, and the fourth begun. The armed troops present consisted of the remnant of the Eighth Louisiana battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel Pinckney, and the Twenty-seventh

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