War of the Rebellion: Serial 029 Page 0519 Chapter XXXII. THE STONE'S RIVER CAMPAIGN

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obeyed me cheerfully and pushed in. Not being willing to leave the repulse of the enemy a matter of doubt, or to expose the brave fellows to the danger of heavy loss, I ordered up two of Cruft's regiments, and upon approaching the edge of the woods halted them-told them it was my purpose to clear the woods at the point of the bayonet. To inspire them with coolness and confidence, the preparations for the charge were made with great deliberation. To get the proper direction for the line, guides were thrown out and the proper changes were made, bayonets fixed, and these two regiments, Thirty-first Indiana and Ninetieth Ohio, ordered to clear the woods. They went in splendidly. It was done so quickly that the rebels had hardly time to discharge their pieces. They fled with the utmost speed. All these regiments behaved handsomely.

With this report will be forwarded a list of the casualties of my command, and from its fearful proportions demonstrates its had service.

List of casualties.

Killed Wounded

Command. Officers Enlisted Total Officers Enlisted

men men

First --- 44 44 9 218

Brigade

Second 5 41 46 17 318

Brigade

Third 10 97 107 22 456

Brigade

Standart's ---- 5 5 ---- 12

battery

Parson's ---- 2 2 ---- 14

battery

Cockerill's ---- 2 2 1 13

battery

Total* 15 191 206 49 1,031

Wounded Missing

Command Total Officers Enlisted Total Aggregat

men e

First 227 6 120 126 397

Brigade

Second 335 ---- 52 52 433

Brigade

Third 478 ---- 74 74 659

Brigade

Standart's 12 ---- 3 3 20

brigade

Parson's 14

-----

6 6 22

brigade

Cockerill's 14 ---- 2 2 18

battery

Total* 15 6 257 263 1,549

I have the honor to be, very respectfully,

J. M. PALMER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

Major LYNE STARLING

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff, &c.

Numbers 119. Report of Surg. Mason G. Sherman, Ninth Indiana Infantry, Acting Medical Director.

HOSPITAL OF THE SECOND DIVISION, LEFT WING,

ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND,

January -, 1863

SIR; As acting medical director of your division, I have the honor to respectfully submit the following report of casualties in the several days' battle before Murfreesborough:

Number of killed in the First Brigade ....................... 43

Wounded ..................................................... 185

Number of killed in the Second Brigade ...................... 50

Wounded severely, 77; slightly, 215 ......................... 292

Number of killed in the Third Brigade ....................... 89

Wounded severely ............................................ 484

---- Total killed and wounded* .................................. 1,143

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*But see revised statement, pp. 212, 213.

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