many as five different persons had been shot down in the attempt to bear the colors, Logan H. Nelson, a private in Company C [who is but a youth], gallantly sprang forward, raised them from the side of dying comrades, and bore them nobly and triumphantly throughout the remainder of this bloody contest.
It will be seen that this report only relates to the conduct of the regiment in Friday's fight. Having been in command of the brigade prior to that time, and not having been able to join the regiment since, I refer to the reports submitted by Lieutenant-Colonel Butler for an account of its operations on other days of the battle of Murfreesborough. Unable to prepare this report earlier, I beg leave now to present it.
J. B. PALMER,
Colonel, Commanding Eighteenth Tennessee Volunteers.
[Colonel] T. O'HARA,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Tullahoma, Tenn.
Abstract from morning report of Brown's brigade, Brig. Gen. John C. Brown commanding, for January 19, 1863.
Present for duty
Command Office Men Aggrega Aggrega Aggrega
rs te te te last
present present return
Field and staff 7 - 7 7 7
18th Tennessee 26 305 415 708 708
26th Tennessee 32 269 353 527 505
28th Tennessee 30 148 268 446 445
45th Tennessee 30 293 449 853 856
Moses' [Georgia] 3 87 107 145 145
Total 128 1,102 1,599 2,686 2,666
No. 233. Reports of Brig. Gen. Gideon J. Pillow, C. S. Army, commanding Second Brigade.
HDQRS. FIRST [SECOND] BRIGADE, FIRST DIVISION, LIEUTENANT-GENERAL HARDEE'S CORPS, Camp near Tullahoma, Tenn., January 11, 1863.
On Friday afternoon [2nd instant], by orders of General Bragg, I was assigned to the command of a brigade, composed of the Eighteenth, Twenty-sixth, Twenty-eighth, Thirty-second, and Forty-fifth Tennessee Regiments, with Captain Moses' field battery, now commanded by Lieutenant R. W. Anderson. The Thirty-second Regiment, commanded by Colonel [E. C.] Cook, was on detached service and was not in the action. They were all much reduced in strength by past service.
At the time I was assigned to the command it occupied a position on the extreme right of our line, in front of the enemy's left. This brigade constituted the assaulting force, designed to drive the enemy from an eminence on the right bank of Stone's River, a position which prevented