Federal infantry, unsupported by artillery, has not in a single instance fought successfully with ours when the odds were less than three to two.
I herewith inclose a tabular statement (A), which exhibits the losses sustained by the divisions of McCown, Breckinridge, and Cleburne, and the brigades of Jackson and Wharton, amounting to 5,663 in killed, wounded, and missing.
To the officers and men of my command I return my heartfelt thanks for the ability and striking courage displayed by them at Murfreesborough. The field required that much should be confided to the commanders of divisions, brigades, and regiments, and it is to me a grateful duty to acknowledge how well these officers merited my confidence. The men illustrated the day by a discipline, courage, and devotion never surpassed. In the reports of my subordinate commanders will be found many instances of individual heroism which the limits of this report will not permit me to record.
My thanks are due to the members of my staff, namely: Major T. B. Roy, chief of staff; Captain D. H. Poole, assistant adjutant-general; Captain D. G. White, acting assistant adjutant-general; Major W. D. Pickett, assistant inspector-general; Captain S. L. Black, assistant inspector-general; Lieutenant T. W. Hunt, assistant inspector-general; Lieutenant W. W. Wilkins, aide-de-camp; Major L. Hoxton, chief of artillery; Major J. M. Kennard, chief of ordnance; Surg. A. L. Breysacher, medical inspector; Major C. W. Gassett, chief quartermaster; Major W. E. Moore, chief of subsistence, and to General D, W, Yandell, my medical director, to whose good management I am indebted for having both my own and the Federal wounded in Wednesday' fight rapidly removed from the field and cared for before midnight.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. J. HARDEE,
Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE WILLIAM BRENT,
Tabular statement of killed, wounded, and missing, to accompany Lieutenant-General Hardee's report of the battle of Murfreesborough.
Command. Commander. Killed Wounded Missin
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Palmer's Colonel Palmer 49 324 52
Preston's Brigadier-General 58 384 97
Adams' brigade# Brigadier-General 112 445 146
Hanson's brigade Brigadier-General 47 273 81
Total Major-General 266 1,426 376
*Brigadier-General Pillow assigned to command previous to action, January 2.
#Colonel Gibson command after General Adams was wounded.