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[73] and the General sent me, two pieces of Captain Cockerill's battery, under command of Lieutenant Osborne, who soon paid his compliments to the stone fences and those behind them, causing the enemy to “retire” in confusion, double-quick. We pursued to the further side of the town. The enemy, being all cavalry, could easily move out of our way. He was, perhaps, about one thousand strong, with no artillery. My forces met no serious injury.

We found that the enemy had lost Lieutenant-Colonel Hutchison, one captain, and three men killed on the field (the former in command of the forces at the place), and heard of others being carried off, killed or wounded. One we saw mortally wounded left in the town. My men having had so much desperate fighting recently with the enemy, we might well have doubted a desire to again engage him; but I am proud to say every officer and man, with energy and alacrity, moved upon the discharge of his whole duty. Captain Boden, Twenty-third Kentucky, and Lieutenant Dryden, Twenty-fourth Ohio, I noticed as prompt and efficient commanders of the front skirmish lines, and perhaps to some one of their men belongs the credit of killing Colonel Hutchison, as he was killed by a Minie ball at an early stage of the skirmishing.

Allow me to call attention to the want of the cooperation of the cavalry that was to have acted with our forces, as the cause of our not capturing the enemy.

I am your obedient servant,

W. Grose, Colonel, commanding Third Brigade. Richard Southgate, Capt. and A. A. A G Third Brigade.
The foregoing is the official report of Colonel W. Grose, commanding Third brigade of Second (General Palmer's) division, of the battle of Woodbury. Colonel Grose has left no room for comment, nor will I attempt to make any, as he has mentioned facts, as he always does. I noticed a communication from some correspondent of the Sixth Kentucky to the Louisville Democrat, published February first, 1863, in which said correspondent ignores the presence of any other regiment than his own. While Colonel Grose is ever ready to give praise to his own command, he is equally prompt in giving other regiments that come under his notice their just due. It is remarked throughout the corps, that the official report of the Third brigade of the battle of Stone River is the most correct handed in or published. Colonel Grose shows modesty (a scarce article in the army) in all his reports — letting his actions and deeds tell the story for him.

I have the honor to remain

Your most obedient servant,

W. H. Mundy, Adjutant Twenty-third Kentucky Infantry.

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