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January 13.
General Cruft returned to Chattanooga with his command.

The following table will show the casualties of my command during the entire campaign:

  killed. wounded. missing. total.  
  Officers. Men. Officers. Men. Officers. Men. Officers. Men.  
Fourteenth U. S. Colored Infantry   4   41   20   65 Organized as the First Colored Brigade, Colonel T. J. Morgan, commanding.
Forty-fourth Colored Infantry 1 2   27 2 49 3 78
Sixteenth Colored Infantry   1   2       3
Eighteenth Colored Infantry   1   5   3   9
Seventeenth Colored Infantry 7 14 4 64     6 78
Twelfth Colored Infantry 3 10 3 99     6 109 Organized as the Second Colored Brigade, Colonel C. K. Thompson, commanding.
Thirteenth Colored Infantry 4 51 4 161   1 8 213
One Hundredth Colored Infantry   12 5 116     5 128
Eighteenth Ohio Infantry 2 9 2 38   9 4 56 Included in the Provisional Division, A. C., Brigadier-General Cruft, comding.
Sixty-eighth Indiana Infantry   1   7       8
Provisional Division, A. C. 1 19 3 74   33 4 126
Twentieth Indiana Battery     2 6     2 6 Captain Osborn.
Aggregate 13 124 23 640 2 115 38 879  
Total 917  

The larger portion of these losses, amounting in the aggregate to fully twenty-five per cent. of the men under my command who were taken into action, it will be observed, fell upon the colored troops. The severe loss of this part of my troops was in the brilliant charge on the enemy's works on Overton Hill on Friday after-noon. I was unable to discover that color made any difference in the fighting of my troops. All, white and black, nobly did their duty as soldiers, and evinced cheerfulness and resolution, such as I have never seen excelled in any campaign of the war, in which I have borne a part.

In closing the brief report of the operations of my command during the campaign, I feel that justice compels me to mention several officers, who distinguished themselves by their energy, courage, and unremitting efforts to secure success.

Brigadier-General Charles Cruft performed herculean labor in organizing, arming, and equiping the detachments of recruits, drafted men, and furloughed soldiers of the Army of the Tennessee to the number of fourteen thousand, ten thousand of whom took part in the campaign, in battles before Nashville, and in guarding the railroad defences south of the Tennessee River.

Six thousand of these men were commanded by the General in person, in the field, from the commencement until the close of the compaign. The General deserves the thanks of the country for the able and efficient manner, in which he has performed this duty.

Brigadier-General John F. Miller, commanding Post of Nashville, displayed energy, efficiency, and promptness in placing his troops in position, to hold a portion of the exterior line protecting the city of Nashville.

I am much indebted to Brigadier-General Donelson, Chief Quartermaster of the Department, for his efficient and energetic efforts to fit out my command on its arrival at Nashville, and for the assistance he rendered with the armed men of his department in protecting the city of Nashville, pending the engagement.

My thanks are due Colonel A. J. McKay, Chief Quartermaster Army of the Cumberland, [90] for his promptness in furnishing transportation to convey my command from Murfreesboro to Decatur, and forwarding supplies for my troops by transports, to the mouth of Limestone River.

Colonel Felix Prince Salm, Sixty-eighth New York veteran volunteers, commanded a provisional brigade of my troops, and exhibited high qualities as a soldier. I respectfully recommend him for promotion.

Colonel T. J. Morgan, Fourteenth United States colored troops, behaved gallantly. I respectfully recommend him for promotion.

Lieutenant-Colonel C. H. Grosvenor, Eighteenth Ohio volunteers, behaved nobly in leading a charge on the rebel works, on the Raine's place.

The following officers of my staff accompanied me on the campaign, and discharged all the duties that devolved upon them in a most satisfactory manner:

Colonel C. S. Cotter, First Ohio light artillery; Chief of Artillery, Major S. B. Moe ; Assistant Adjutant-General, Captain A. Mills, Eighteenth United States infantry; Inspector, Captain M. Davis, Fourteenth Ohio volunteers; Aide-de-Camp, Captain W. B. Steedman, Fourteenth Ohio volunteers; Aide-de-Camp, Lieutenant J. G. McAdams, Sixth Kentucky cavalry, A. C. S. Colonel H. B. Banning, One Hundred and Twenty-first Ohio volunteers, served me ably as a provost marshal.

Captain A. R. Keller, Assistant Quartermaster, reported to me, and rendered me efficient service as quartermaster for my command.

I am deeply indebted to Major S. B. Moe, my Assistant Adjutant-General, for his efficient and gallant services on the field, as well as for the valuable aid which his large experience as a railroad man enabled him to render me in pushing through the trains conveying my troops from Chattanooga to Nashville, and from Murfreesboro to Decatur

Captain Osborn, Twentieth Indiana battery, and Captain Ayleshire, Eighteenth Ohio battery, deserve praise for the effective and gallant manner in which they handled their respective batteries.

I am pleased to mention Mr. Stevens, Superintendent of the N. and C. Railroad; Mr. Tallmadge, Master of Transportation at Chattanooga; and Mr. Bryant, Assistant Superintendent N. and C. Railroad, as most honorable exceptions, among the railroad men who have been censured by me for neglect of duty. These gentlemen did everything in their power to aid me in getting over the railroad with my command. I respectfully commend them for their efforts.

I respectfully recommend Colonel William L. Palmer, Fifteenth Pennsylvania cavalry, for promotion, for distinguished, gallant and successful services in pursuing, capturing and destroying the pontoon and supply train of the enemy.

I fully concur in all General Cruft has said in his report, in commendation of the officers of his command.

Mr. James R. Hood, of Chattanooga, accompanied me throughout the campaign, and rendered me efficient and valuable service as volunteer aide.

Respectfully submitted,

James B. Steedman. Major-General, commanding.

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