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At twenty-three minutes past 7 o'clock was directed, in conjunction with Colonel Augustin, to move on the Hamburg road towards our right, and ascertain the condition of affairs in that quarter.

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About this time, fifteen minutes to 8, the sharp rattle of musketry was heard along the centre and left, and in a minute the enemy, on General Gladden's right, and at a distance of about two hundred and fifty yards, opened a heavy fire. Colonel Adams behaved with coolness and gallantry, our right pressed on, and the second line of battle was moving rapidly up to the support of the first. At twenty-five minutes past 8 o'clock I reached your headquarters and reported. At twenty minutes past 9 we moved from Headquarters No. 1, and I was directed to advise Drs. Choppin and Brodie thereof, and where you could be found. At five minutes past 10 was ordered to direct General Trabue to send forward two regiments of his brigade to the centre, which was executed at thirteen minutes past 10. I having reported, was then directed to General Trabue to have an additional regiment sent forward to the same point. At twenty minutes to 11 o'clock, it having been ascertained that the enemy had planted a battery on our left, I was directed to ascertain its position, and have established a counter-battery.

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At fifteen minutes past 11 there was another report of an enemy's battery threatening us on the left. I was directed to go forward, and, if additional support were needed, to order forward two regiments, which were supposed to be in reserve. I immediately went forward, and, at 11 1/2 o'clock, found that while our line was engaged, yet it was not hotly pressed. I found Colonel Hill in his old position, and immediately directed hint to advance to this position, which he immediately did.

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At 12 1/2 o'clock I was ordered by you to collect all stragglers, and organize them into a battalion and send them forward, and that a company of cavalry would report to assist me. No company of cavalry reported, but, with the assistance of Majors Haines and Juge, I succeeded in organizing a battalion of two hundred and seventy men, with a complement of officers, and reported with them to you at the cross-roads (I suppose your Headquarters No. 2), some distance to the left and in advance of Shiloh church; under your direction, it marched to the front, under Majors Haines and Juge.

At 29 1/2 o'clock another battalion was formed, under Major Moore, and I was ordered to march it to the front to put it under the command of General Bragg. I proceeded immediately to General Bragg's command, but could not find him; but saw Colonel Gardner. I moved this battalion to the right and formed it on the left of two regiments which had been ordered forward a few minutes before, and the whole placed under Colonel Gibson.

At this point I saw the staff of our brave General A. S. Johnston, and was advised for the first time of his death, and was requested by Colonel O'Hara to communicate it to you. I returned and did so, but found it had already been


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