J. Rogers, who fought in the First Iowa at Springfield, gallantly bore our standard forward and planted it among the enemy, where it was bravely maintained and defended by portions of Company C, Company E, Company I, and Company K.
It must be remembered that this regiment had just received its arms, and that the men had never had an opportunity of learning the use of them until they came on the battle-field; that they had just landed and were attached to no brigade, and fought the enemy without the support of artillery in a position from which more experienced troops had been compelled to retire. The enemy, too, against whom we fought, the Twenty-second Tennessee and two Louisiana regiments, are understood to be among their best troops.
We have no means of learning the loss of the enemy in this engagement except from what they told some of our wounded men who were taken prisoners by them and left behind the next day, when the enemy made their final retreat, but from this source we learned that they had 40 men killed in the immediate vicinity of our colors and a large number wounded.
While we mourn our comrades in arms the gallant dead whose lives were sacrificed on the altar of their country, we are solaced with the belief that a grateful people will in after times pay a proper tribute to their memory.
To Quartermaster Higley great credit is due for the masterly manner in which he performed the arduous duties of his office on the field and elsewhere during the fight, and after it was over in providing for the comforts of the wounded and protecting the property of the regiment. To our surgeon, Dr. Davis, we are under great obligations for his energy and skill in the performance of the numerous operations rendered necessary. Assistant Surgeon Gibbon also performed valuable service in the midst of great danger on the battle-field in attending the wounded there and having them carried to our temporary hospital on board of the steamer Minnehala. The chaplain, the Rev. W. W. Estabrook, too, for the time laid aside his sacred office and resumed the use of the surgeon's scalpel with great success, and the wounded of numerous regiments besides our own shared in the skill of our medical staff.
Attached hereto will be found a list of the killed, wounded, and missing, making a total loss of 186.*
H. T. REID,
Colonel, Commanding Fifteenth Iowa
ASST. ADJT. General FIRST DIV., ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE,
Commanded by General McClernand.
Numbers 86 Report of Lieutenant Colonel Quin Morton, Twenty-third Missouri Infantry.
LEXINGTON, MO., December 1, 1862
GOVERNOR: I deem it my duty to make a report of the action o the Twenty-third Regiment Missouri Volunteers at Pittsburg Landing April 6:
At 7 a.m. by order of Colonel J. T. Tindall, I marched the regiment
*See revised statement, p. 105