once rode briskly over, and, arriving upon the hill near the ford, saw our infantry retiring before the enemy. The general asked me if I could not do something to relieve Colonel Beatty with my guns. Captain Swallow had already opened with his battery. I ordered Lieutenant Parsons to move a little forward and open with his guns; then rode back to bring up Lieutenant Estep, with his Eighth Indiana Battery. Meeting Captain Morton, with his brigade of Pioneers, he asked for advice, and I told him to move briskly forward with his brigade, and send his battery to the crest of the hill, near the batteries already engaged. The Eighth Indiana Battery took position to the right of Lieutenant Parsons.
Seeing that Lieutenant Osburn was in position (between Lieutenants Parsons and Estep), I rode to Lieutenant Stevens (Twenty-sixth Pennsylvania Battery), and directed him to change front, to fire to the left and open fire; and then to Captain Standart, and directed him to move to the left with his pieces; and he took position covering the ford. I found that Captain Bradley had anticipated my wishes, and had changed front to fire to the left, and opened upon the enemy; this battery was near the railroad. Lieutenant Livingston's (Third Wisconsin) battery (which was across the river) opened upon the advancing enemy, and continued to fire until he thought he could no longer maintain his position, when he crossed over, one section at a time, and opened fire again. The firing ceased about dark.
During this terrible encounter of little more than an hour in duration, forty-three pieces of artillery, belonging to the left wing, the Board of Trade Battery of six guns, and the batteries of General Negley's division, about nine guns, making a total of about fifty-eight pieces, opened fire upon the enemy. The enemy soon retired, our troops following; three batteries of the left wing, besides those of General Davis, crossed the river in pursuit.
During this engagement Lieutenant Parsons had one of his howitzers dismounted by a shot from the enemy, but it was almost immediately replaced by one captured from the enemy, and brought over by the Nineteenth Illinois Regiment.
The following are the casualties, &c., in the several batteries:
Designation of Commanding Commi Kille Wound Missi
battery. officer. ssion d. ed. ng.
Batteries H and Lieut. C. C. -- 2 14 6
M, 4th Artillery Parsons.
Battery B, 1st Captain -- 3 13 3
Battery F, 1st Captain 1 2 12 --
7th Indiana Captain Swallow 1 4 7 --
3rd Wisconsin Lieutenant -- -- 4 --
26th Pennsylvania Lieutenant -- 2 7 --
8th Indiana Lieutenant -- -- 6 6
10th Indiana Captain Cox -- 1 4 --
6th Ohio Battery Captain Bradley -- 2 2 1
Total --- 2 16 69 16
H o r s e s.
Designation of Commanding Killed Disabl Missin
battery. officer. . ed. g.
Batteries H and M, Lieut. C. C. 20 -- --
4th Artillery Parsons.
Battery B, 1st Ohio Captain 21 -- --
Battery F, 1st Ohio* Captain 24 -- --
7th Indiana Battery Captain Swallow 1 4 4
3rd Wisconsin Lieutenant 9 -- --
26th Pennsylvania Lieutenant 7 -- --
8th Indiana Battery Lieutenant 15 4 --
10th Indiana Battery Captain Cox 12 -- --
6th Ohio Battery Captain Bradley 16 5 --
Total --- 125 13 4
G u n s.
Designation of Commanding Disab Disab Rounds
battery. officer. led led of
by by ammuniti
enemy firin on
. g. expended
Batteries H and M, Lieut. C. C. 1 -- 2,299
4th Artillery Parsons.
Battery B, 1st Ohio Captain Standart -- -- 1,610
Battery F, 1st Captain Cockerill -- 2 1,080
7th Indiana Battery Captain Swallow -- -- 406
3rd Wisconsin Lieutenant -- -- 358
26th Pennsylvania Lieutenant -- -- 1,650
8th Indiana Battery Lieutenant Estep -- -- 871
10th Indiana Captain Cox -- 2 1,442
6th Ohio Battery Captain Bradley -- -- 500
Total --- 1 4 10,216
*This battery had a limber blown up on the 31st.