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[365] either of the gunboats. The Tyler expended one hundred and eighty-eight shells, four solid shots, two stands of grape and six shrapnel.

Inclosed I send you the report of Lieutenant Commanding Shirk.

Your obedient servant,

William Gwin, Lieutenant Commmanding Division of Gunboats on Tennessee River. To Flag-Officer A. H. Foote, Commanding Naval Forces on Western Waters.


Report of Lieutenant James W. Shirk.

United States gunboat Lexington, Pittsburgh, Tenn., April 8, 1862.
sir: On the morning of the sixth inst., while lying at Crump's Landing, I heard severe cannonading in the direction of Pittsburgh. I got under way and stood up the river to communicate with Lieut. Commanding Gwin, of the Tyler. Upon reaching the place I found that an attack had been made upon our army by the rebels in force. I returned to Crump's to support the division under command of Gen. Lew. Wallace, when I found his division had proceeded to join the main force back of Pittsburgh Landing. I then steamed back to this place, and no instructions reaching the gunboats from the Commanding General on shore, we were forced to remain inactive hearers of the desperate fight until the left wing of our forces having been driven back and completely turned, and the rebels getting so near the river, the missiles from their batteries fell thick and fast over and around us, enabled us to use our great guns with such effect that the fire of the enemy was silenced in thirty minutes. This was between ten minutes past four and forty minutes past four P. M. Again at thirty-five minutes past five P. M., the enemy having gained a position on the left of our lines, within an eighth of a mile of the landing and of the transports, we again, with the Tyler, opened fire upon them, silencing the enemy, and, as I hear from many officers on the field, totally demoralizing his forces and driving them from their position in a perfect rout, in the space of ten minutes. The firing on the part of the land forces then ceased. At eight o'clock I went down to Crump's Landing, and finding that everything was quiet there, returned to this place. At one A. M. on the seventh, I relieved the Tyler, Lieut. Commanding Gwin, in a position immediately above the landing, and fired until daylight a shell every fifteen minutes into the enemy's camp.

Yesterday at daylight the fight recommenced between the two parties on shore, and continued until five P. M., when the enemy left in a hurried retreat. The gunboats, occupying a position on the left of our lines, not being allowed to fire, I spent the morning, and part of the afternoon, in acts of mercy, picking up the wounded who had found their way to the river, and conveying them to the hospital-boats. I must say that the gallantry and good conduct of the officers and men whom I have the honor to command, displayed upon this occasion, as often before, are beyond all praise.

I have the honor to be, sir,

Your most obedient servant,

James W. Shirk, Lieutenant Commanding.


Report of Colonel Reed.

headquarters Fourty-Fourth Indiana Volunteers, Pittsburgh, Tenn., April 9, 1862.
Brig.-Gen. J. G. Lauman, Commanding Third Brigade, Fourth Division Army, West Line:
sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the Forty-fourth regiment Indiana Volunteers, in the actions of the sixth and seventh, near Pittsburgh, Tenn.

We left our encampment about eight o'clock Sunday morning, with an effective force of four hundred and seventy-eight men, and marched forward to support Gen. Prentiss's division, which had been attacked by the enemy. We had gone but a short distance when we met his men retreating in much confusion. We proceeded about one mile, and took position in line of battle in rear of a camp lately occupied by him. We formed our line under fire from the enemy's battery-Col. Croft, Thirty-first Indiana, on our right; Lieut.-Col. Bristow, Twenty-fifth Kentucky, and Col. McHenry, Seventeenth Kentucky, on our left. I sent forward First Lieut. Wayne, company D, and First Lieut. Barton, company B, each with part of their respective companies as skirmishers, in front of our line; they were soon driven in, and the whole line of the Fourty-fourth and Thirty-first Indiana furiously assaulted by the enemy and as gallantly met, our men behaving in the coolest manner possible, loading and firing with the utmost rapidity, and with so much zeal did they enter into it, that the officers had only to watch the fight as a matter of interest, but not of duty. The enemy were driven off with immense loss; they were again rallied, and charged up to within a few rods of our line, and were again repulsed. You, General, were with us, and have since gone over the ground so gallantly contested, and have witnessed how terribly destructive was our fire — the ground being literally strewn with their dead. But again he formed in column, and charged over an open field on our left, and in front of the Seventeenth and Twenty-fifth Kentucky, the gallant Col. McHenry commanding, who poured. into his ranks a most terrific fire. I immediately wheeled two companies of my left wing to the left, and opened upon his flank; his ranks were mown down at each fire, but still he pressed forward, and as bravely was he received — his front rank went down, leaving a line of dead across his front, when he retreated in good order.

This ending the engagement here, you ordered us to the support of the line on our left about half a mile distant, which had fallen back. We took position on left of and supporting Willard's battery, which soon commenced playing upon the enemy, and we were soon charged upon in large force; and here was the most hotly contested


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