War of the Rebellion: Serial 015 Page 0467 Chapter XXIV. ENGAGEMENT NEAR M'DOWELL, VA.

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Johnson's (Twelfth Ohio) battery, to be placed upon the pike, but they could not be placed in position until after twilight.

From 3 p.m. until 8 o'clock our small force engaged with undaunted bravery a force of the enemy which could not have been less than 5,000 men, and maintained the position from which they had driven them, displaying a courage and zeal which has merited the thanks of the country and proved them true representatives of the American citizen soldier. After night-fall the engagement was continued, the firing of our men being guided only by the flashes of the enemy's musketry, until the ammunition of almost all the men engaged was wholly exhausted, when, having achieved the purpose of the attack, our forces were recalled, retiring in good order, bringing with them their dead and wounded.

While I would be glad to bring prominently to the notice of the major-general commanding the names of the officers and men who distinguished themselves in the action, I could not do so without rehearsing the names of all engaged. Neither officer nor man of those engaged faltered in the performance of his whole duty.

The Twenty-fifth and Seventy-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiments, in their gallant advance; the Thirty-second Ohio, in a daring bayonet charge, and the Third West Virginia, in their endurance of the most severe fire of the enemy, alike merit his entire approbation.

To Brigadier-General Schenck, for his advice, counsel, and active co-operation, and to the officers and men of the Eighty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, who so bravely sustained my brigade, I owe my warmest thanks.

I forward herewith a report of the killed, wounded, and missing of my brigade.

I am, general, very respectfully and truly, your obedient servant,




Recapitulation of losses.

Command. Number Killed. Wounded Wounded

engaged. severe-ly sligh-tly

75th Ohio 444 6 13 16

25th Ohio 469 6 26 25

32nd Ohio 416 4 13 39

3rd West Virginia 439 4 9 33

Total 1,768 20 61 116

Command. Missing Total.

75th Ohio 1 39

25th Ohio 1 58

32nd Ohio ........ 56

3rd West Virginia ........ 46

Total 2 199

No. 5. Report of Colonel Nathaniel C. McLean, Seventy-fifth Ohio Infantry.


Camp Franklin, May 14, 1862.

GENERAL: I have the honor to submit to you a report of the battle