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[76] two occasions the day before, when the color guards had been shot down. Such bravery and high bearing as this is highly deserving the notice of the appointing power. My grateful thanks are due to the brave officers and men of the brigade for their noble conduct through these trying scenes in behalf the right, and to put down the wrong. My staff officers, Captain Brooks, Inspector; Lieutenant Scott, Topographical Engineer; Lieutenant Livzey, Aid-de-Camp; Major Kersey, Medical Director; Captain Peden, Provost Marshal, with those heretofore mentioned, as well as my non-commissioned staff, have my grateful acknowledgments for their kind and efficient help during these laborious battles; and they, with me, unfeignedly lament the fall of our comrade and brother, Captain George M. Graves. Many officers and men of my command, that it is impossible to refer to especially, are equally deserving with the best of soldiers. Patriots, Captain Adams, Eighty-fourth Illinois; Captain Tinker, Sixth Ohio; Captain Wadsworth, Twenty-fourth Ohio; Lieu-tenant Patterson, Thirty-sixth Indiana; Lieu-tenant Hoffman, Twenty-third Kentucky, with fifty-seven brave enlisted men, fell on these battle-fields a sacrifice upon their country's altar. My heart sickens to contemplate these irreparable losses. To the suffering wounded: may the God of battles soothe their afflictions, heal and restore them again to usefulness.

The following table shows the casualties of the brigade, as near as is possible to ascertain at the present time:

Loss and Casualties.

Commander. command. killed. wounded. missing. total. aggregate.
Commissioned Officers. Enlisted Men. Commissioned Officers. Enlisted Men. Commissioned Officers. Enlisted Men. Commissioned Officers. Enlisted Men.
Colonel William Grose Headquarters 1     3     1 3 4
Lieutenant-Colonel Carey Thirty-sixth Indiana Vol. Infantry 1 13 8 89   17 9 119 128
Colonel Higgins Twenty-fourth Ohio Vol. Infantry   3 3 57   16 3 76 79
Colonel Anderson Sixth Ohio Vol. Infantry 1 13 7 94 1 16 9 123 132
Colonel Waters Eighty-fourth Illinois Vol. Infantry 1 12 2 81   9 3 102 105
Lieutenant-Colonel Foy Twenty-third Kentucky Vol. Infantry 1 10 3 49   6 4 65 69
Lieutenant Russell Battery M, Fourth U. S. A.   2   6       8 8
Lieutenant Cushing Battery H, Fourth U. S. A.   4 1 16   1 1 21 22
    5 57 24 395 1 65 30 517 547

Add to this the six hundred and fifty-nine loss at Stone river, with many other casualties in smaller engagements, it shows a fearful destruction of human life in one small command.

For further and more minute particulars, reference is made to the reports of regimental commanders herewith forwarded.

I have the honor to be

Your most humble servant,

W. Grose, Colonel, commanding Third Brigade. L. Boice, Lieutenant and A. A. D. C.

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