of the troops to his right, and was enfiladed by a battery, which the First Arkansas and Fifth Confederate charged, capturing four of the guns.
Here the battle was bloody.
was killed in front of the Second Arkansas, and the regiment captured the Federal
Now the Federals
formed a new line, which was assailed by Polk
's other brigades, and the enemy finally dislodged, but at heavy cost.
Lieut.--Col. Donelson McGregor
(nephew of Mrs. Andrew Jackson
), First Arkansas, lost his life, and Col. Samuel G. Smith
, Sixth and Seventh, and Col. John H. Kelly
, Eighth, were among the wounded.
Lieut.-Col. John E. Murray
, Fifth, carried his regimental colors to the front, and Private J. K. Leslie
, Fifth, captured the colors of the enemy.
Late in the afternoon Cleburne
's men again assaulted the last Federal line, along the railroad, at right angles to their original line of battle, but were repulsed; Polk
's brigade suffering very severely.
On January 1st, Liddell
was again engaged, and in the fight Lieut.-Col. F. J. Cameron
, Sixth and Seventh, was wounded.
's brigade was 1,709 strong, and lost 607 killed, wounded and missing; Polk
's brigade, 1,343 strong, lost 347; McNair
's brigade lost 424.
The following names of officers who fell at Murfreesboro
, conspicuous for valor, were ordered to be inscribed on the guns of Swett
's battery: Lieut.--Col. Donelson McGregor
, First Arkansas; Capt. James T. Armstrong
, Sixth; Lieut. H. C. Collier
, Second; Lieut. H. J. McCurdy
honorably mentioned by General Cleburne
and the brigade and regimental commanders were: In First regiment, Lieut.-Col. Donelson McGregor
(mortally wounded), Adjt. S. N. Greenwood
, Capt. W. A. Alexander
(wounded), Capt. W. H. Scales
(wounded), Capt. O. F. Parish
(wounded), Lieut. John E. Letson
G. M. McKenzie
(killed), J. S. T. Hemphill
(wounded); Privates G. W. Sallee
, J. C. Bogy
, W. W. Chaney
, Hardee J. Bullion
, A. P. Green