on the entire campaign cannot be given with exact accuracy, as to names and regiments, at this time. It was impossible to prepare correct lists of the recruits received during the last few days at Nashville, before starting upon the march, and in some instances, in the haste of arming and equipping the men, this important matter was improperly neglected. It is probable that a number of worthy men have fallen in battle and by disease, of whom there is no record. The following statement is made up from the reports of commanding officers, to wit: Casualties.
Among the officers killed, was Captain E. Grosvenor, Eighteenth Ohio volunteers, and First Lieutenant Samuel W. Thomas, Eighteenth Ohio volunteers.
They fell, gallantly leading their commands, on the fifteenth of December, in the assault upon the enemy's works.
They held high character in the service for manly and soldierly qualities.
A lieutenant of the Second battalion, Fourteenth corps, was also killed, whose name and regiment has not yet been obtained.
Among the officers wounded were Captains Benedict, Eighteenth Ohio volunteers; Henderson, One Hundred and Twenty-first Ohio volunteers; Brown, Twenty-seventh Ohio volunteers, and J. B. Emery, Eighteenth Ohio volunteers.
The number of men who were left at Nashville, by direction of the surgeons, and from various points sent to hospitals in rear, was large, owing to the material of the command-reached eleven hundred during the campaign.
Those left at Nashville were reported at five hundred.
The number sent back by trains from Limestone Creek reached four hundred, and those from Decatur, by transports, say two hundred.
Several officers were sent back also from these points (and among them some of the best officers in the command), suffering from disease and former wounds.
In addition to these, a few men were left upon the march, at houses, sick, and unable to be moved.
These men were as well cared for as possible, and measures have since been taken to bring them up. The number of deaths from disease among the men since leaving Chattanooga is reported at eleven (11).
In closing this sketch of the late campaign, it is due to the officers and troops of my command, to bear unequivocal testimony to the patience, cheerfulness and pluck with which they endured the fatigues of forty-six days continued field service in mid-winter. The command was hastily thrown together.
It consisted of detachments from more than two hundred regiments.
It was rapidly armed, and from its very composition could be but illy provided with the ordinary appliances which render field service endurable.
About one-fourth of the command consisted of soldiers recently from hospital, scarcely convalescent; another fourth, of soldiers returned from furlough, and the remaining half of raw recruits of every nationality, without drill or experience of any kind, but earnest and worthy men. The officers, as a class, were good, and perhaps superior to the average of the army; but they were separated from their regular commands, without their personal baggage, camp furniture, servants, change of clothing, stationery, etc., and many of them without money, or time to procure any supply of these necessities.
The command left without ambulances or wagons.
The medical department had not adequate supplies.
Measles, small-pox, and camp disorders were constantly appearing among the new men, and often at points beyond the reach of hospitals.
The weather was bitterly cold at times, and during the coldest days there was much suffering by transportation on the railroad.
In spite of all such difficulties, however, the division performed its share of military and fatigue duty during the campaign.
It built its share of defences at Nashville, and not only held them but participated to some extent in the general assault.
It moved by rail four hundred and fifty-one miles, and marched one hundred and fifty-five miles, wading streams and laboring through mud and rain.
It was, from necessity, out of rations sometimes for days.
These sufferings are incident to a soldier's life; but they are much lessened by experience and thorough organization, neither of which this division had.
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