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[107] while we cannot but deeply regret the great loss, not only we, their companions, but the country, has sustained, we could not wish them more honorable graves. The conscientious, brave, and high-minded Captain Robert Headen, the gallant Lieutenant Dennis Dease, the gentle, but firm and untiring Lieutenant D. Grant Cooke, of the Twelfth United States colored infantry--the two former receiving their death wounds while leading their men against their country's and freedom's foe, the latter butchered by the savage enemy while performing his duties as regimental quartermaster, taking supplies to his command — we can never forget as friends, and their positions can hardly be re-filled.

In the death of Lieutenant John M. Woodruff, Lieutenant George Taylor, Lieutenant L. L. Parks, and Lieutenant James A. Isom, of the Thirteenth United States colored infantry, the service has lost brave and efficient officers the country patriots, and humanity friends. They all fell close to the enemy's works, leading their brave men.

The loss of the brigade is as follows:

  commissioned officers. enlisted men. aggregate.
the Twelfth U. S. Colored infantry.      
Killed 3 10 13
Wounded 3 99 102
Missing 0 0 0
Total 6 109 115
Thirteenth U. S. colored infantry.      
Killed 4 51 55
Wounded 4 161 165
Missing 0 1 1
Total 8 213 221
one Hundredth U. S. colored infantry.      
Killed 0 12 12
Wounded 5 116 121
Missing 0 0 0
Total 5 128 133
Second brigade, U. S. colored troops.      
Killed 7 73 80
Wounded 12 376 338
Missing 0 1 0
Total 19 450 469

All of which is respectfully submitted.

I have the honor to be,

Very respectfully

Your obedient servant,

Charles K. Thompson, Colonel Twelfth U. S. colored Infantry, commanding Brigade. Major S. B. Moe; A. A. G., Dist. of the Etowah, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Colonel Felix Pr. Salm's report.

headquarters U. S. Forces, Bridgeport, Alabama, Jan. 17, 1865.
To Major-General James B. Steedman, commanding District of the Etowah, Chattanooga, Tennessee:
General: I have the honor to submit the allowing report:

On the twenty-ninth December, 1864, after Leaving left Decatur, Alabama, I received reliable information that a great number of small arms, ammunition, and other ordnance stores, were concealed in a house a few miles in my rear, near he main road to Tuscumbia, Alabama. I therefore ordered a party, consisting of one officer and twenty men, to proceed to the place to try to discover the hiding-place of the stores, and to destroy them when found.

On the thirty-first December, 1864, the patrol returned, and the officer in charge reported as follows:

After leaving the brigade he proceeded in the direction of Decatur, following the Tuscambia road. About the distance of six miles, a hundred yards from that road, in the vicinity of a Farm known as “Kimball's place,” stood the house said to contain arms and ammunition.

The officer found there about one hundred and ten Springfield and Enfield rifles, in good condition; from fifteen to twenty thousand carbine cartridges, English manufacture, India-rubber cases; one hundred to one hundred and twenty rounds of heavy ordnance ammunition; also a great quantity of wrought iron horseshoes, &c.; several hundred sets of artillery harness, evidently condemned; a large bundle of telegraph wire, glass insulators, &c., the whole of which was destroyed, and the building set on fire.

Some more ammunition or powder must have been hidden there, as several explosions took place during the time the house was in flames. It is apparent that the Rebel authorities had established an ordnance store at this place, and hat the men in charge left on a stampede, as several muskets and accoutrements were found on the ground outside the house.

Most respectfully submitted.

Felix Pr. Salm, Colonel Sixty-eighth Regiment New York Vet. Vols., commanding Post. S. B. Moe, Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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