Report of Casualties in commissioned officers and enlisted men of the First Battalion, Fifteenth U. S. Infantry, at the battle of Chickamauga Creek, September 19, 20, and 21, 1863.*
Wounded.-Captain D. M. Meredith, Second Lieutenant John Williams.
Missing.-First Lieutenants E. M. Timony, Samuel S. Holbrook, William G. Galloway, and Roman H. Gray; Second Lieutenants Theodore Kendall and James P. Brown.
Command. Killed. Wounded and Missing Total.
. missing .
6 2 14 22
Company C. 1 4 2 10 17
Company E. 4 2 2 9 17
Company F. 1 3
Company G. 3 4 7 8 22
9 3 14 26
Total. 9 31 16 88 144
ALBERT B. DOD,
Captain Fifteenth Infantry, Comdg. First Battalion.
OFFICE COMMISSARY OF MUSTERS, FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Chattanooga, Tenn., October 19, 1863.
COLONEL: At the request of Major-General Rosecrans, I have the honor to make the following report of Private William J. Carson, bugler in the First Battalion, Fifteenth U. S. Infantry;
On Saturday, September 19, when the regular brigade was falling back, he behaved with most conspicuous gallantry; with a sword in one hand and his bugle in the other, he sounded constantly the "Halt," the "Rally," and the "Forward;" espying a stand of colors belonging to the Eighteenth U. S. Infantry, he rushed up to them and sounded "To the color." His conduct attracted the notice and elicited the admiration of the whole brigade. On Sunday, September 20, before our battalion was engaged, the Eighteenth, being pressed by vastly superior numbers, was falling back; Carson by some means became the possessor of a musket and constituted himself a "provost guard." One of the officers attempted to pass him, but he positively refused to allow it, stating that it was against his orders. All this time he continued to sound the various calls on his bugle. I regret to state that his fate remains a mystery; he was last seen by me late on Sunday afternoon behind the breastworks. I can only hope that he is a prisoner.
Where all behaved as well as they did on Sunday, it would seem invidious to make distinctions, but I beg leave also to mention First Sergt. John Marrs, afterward killed. His company, which had never been under fire before, fell back. Sergeant Marrs was marching to the rear trying to steady the men; his gun was on his right shoulder.
*See revised statement, p. 171.