War of the Rebellion: Serial 051 Page 0496 KY.,SW.VA.,TENN.,MISS.,N.ALA., AND N.GA. Chapter XLII.

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force on the same ridge on my right. Adjusting my line accordingly, the brigade again moved forward, charging the enemy in gallant style under a heavy fire. Her Lieutenant Colonel J. D. Tillman, commanding Forty-first Tennessee, was wounded in the shoulder while nobly leading his men. The enemy was driven back, but rallied and returned to the attack in greater force, contesting the ground with unusual obstinacy. For the want of artillery support the right wing of the brigade fell back beyond the battery left in the position already described, but was unable to reform under cover of the steady fire and unbroken front maintained by the Third and Fiftieth Tennessee (Colonel C. H. Walker) and Seventh Texas (Major K. M. Vanzandt), by whom the guns were saved from capture, and to whom the right wing was indebted for an opportunity to recover from the temporary confusion into which it had been thrown. This being quickly effected, and perceiving the impossibility of holding the position, if captured, without the aid of artillery, I ordered two guns to be moved to my right, and believing that the teams would be destroyed if horses were attached, I ordered them to be moved up the hill by hand. The brigade was again ordered to charge. The enemy was driven from the ridge and into the hollows beyond, and the guns pushed forward and opened him with such telling effect that he made no further effort to recover his lost ground.

It was now 5 o'clock in the afternoon, the brigade having advanced since 11 o'clock in the morning fully 3 miles, describing, in its onward and upward course through timber and clearing, over hill tops and ridges, a line approaching in shape very nearly the fourth of a circle. Finding my ammunition exhausted, a supply was ordered and obtained from the train previously captured from the enemy. Trigg's brigade arriving on the ground at this juncture, I

thank-fully accepted the proposition of the commanding officer to form line in my front, and ordered the brigade to fall back beyond the crest of the hill and rest for the night; and no interruption being apprehended from the beaten enemy, the brigade slept on the ground which it had so bravely won.

On the following day more than 100 of the enemy's dead were counted on the hill and in the hollow immediately in front of the brigade. Nor was the series of brilliant successes thus briefly described won without heavy loss on our own part, though one greatly inferior to that of the enemy, and inferior, too, to the loss of the brigade on the previous day (Saturday).

Where all, both officers and men, did so well it is ad difficult as it would be unfair to discriminate further than has been already done in this report. At the same time I should be doing less than justice if I were to omit to make especial mention of the very efficient and important service rendered throughout the day and in every stage of the conflict by Bledsoe's battery, Lieutenant R. L. Wood commanding.

A statement of the number of men engaged, of the casualties sustained, and of the captures made by the brigade, so far as an estimate of these can now be obtained, will be found subjoined.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

[Captain W. T. BLAKEMORE,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.]