I found Colonel Hill with his former command near him. I requested Colonel Pond to take command of the whole force. I made a reconnoissance with Colonel Pond; he discovered the position of the enemy near a log-house on the left of General Hardee's command. Colonel Pond, wishing some cavalry to protect his left, I ordered a squadron I found near by to support him. Colonel Pond had under his command the Orleans Battalion, 16th and 18th Louisiana, besides Colonel Hill's command (two regiments). I requested these two officers to act in concert, which they said they would do, and it was agreed that Colonel Pond should command the whole. Returned and reported to you. * * * * * * * 5 1/2, was ordered by you from in front to find General Hardee, and see how he was getting along, but to return and report to you before dark. I found his command engaging the enemy—the General with his men, cheering them on. Nothing could exceed his coolness and gallantry. He was always in the thickest of the fight. It was useless to look for him elsewhere. His answer, to my question if he wished anything, was, ‘Tell the General we are getting along very well, but they are putting it to us very severely.’ Not once did he ask for assistance. None of his staff being then with him, I offered to act as his aide-de-camp, and to bring up two regiments which were in rear of him and place them on his left. This I accomplished with one of them, and was bringing up the second, when a tremendous fire was opened upon us from, I think, two field-pieces and the heavy guns of the gunboats. The Tennessee regiment, which I was bringing into position, broke in disorder and fell back. Major White (formerly of General Hardee's staff, now commanding cavalry) assisted me in rallying them and inducing them to lay down behind the crest of a hill. After sundown General Hardee withdrew his command beyond the range of the guns of the gunboats. There were many orders which I bore from you during the day which it is impossible for me now to recall to mind. * * * * * * * * I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. R. Chisolm, 1st Lieut. and A. D. C., C. S. A.
Extracts from Colonel Brent's Report of the battle of Shiloh.
battle of Shiloh, on the 6th and 7th instant, I beg leave respectfully to submit the following report: After assuming your position with your staff in the angle formed by the intersection of the Pittsburg and Hamburg roads, I was, at 45 minutes past 5 o'clock A. M., directed to order the 1st Tennessee regiment, which was then moving towards the rear on the Pittsburg road, to countermarch, and, with right in front, to form along the Hamburg road, its left resting thereon, which was executed.