ment the great and meritorious services rendered by General Leggett and Giles A. Smith in the transactions to which this relates. No officers were ever placed in more trying or difficult circumstances, and none could have displayed more courage, sound judgment, and skill in the management and direction of their respective commands, whose splendid fighting has not been excelled by that of any troops in the armies of the Republic.
The Seventeenth Army Corps maintained the fair renown it had won under its first commander, Major-General McPherson, the youthful and illustrious leader of the Army of the Tennessee, who, in this battle,laid down his unsullied life for the cause to which he had consecrated it. Yet his genius survived in the discipline, valor, and constancy with which he had inspired his veterans.
I recommended that the distinguished services of Brigadier Gens. M. D. Leggett and Giles A. Smith be recognized by the Government by conferring upon both of them the brevet rank of major-general, to be followed by promotion to that rank on the occurrence of the first vacancies. I am satisfied that such recognition is not only due to these officers, but that it will prove beneficial to the service.
I am under great obligations to the members of my staff, and especially to my adjutant-general, Lieutenant Colonel A. J. Alexander; inspector-general, Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson J. Hibbets, of the Thirty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry,and First Lieutenant Logan Tompkins, Twenty-first Missouri Volunteer Infantry, acting aide-de-camp, for the courage, zeal and fidelity with which they assisted me on the field.
I am also under obligations to Lieutenant James R. Dunlap and Lieutenants Conard and Stickney for their gallant services in transmitting dispatches during the engagement,and when under heavy fire from the enemy. I call attention to the report of Lieutenant Dunlap, which is transmitted herewith.
FRANK P. BLAIR, JR.,
Lieutenant Colonel W. T. CLARK,
Asst. Adjt. General, Dept. and Army of the Tennessee.
Consolidated return of casualties in Third and Fourth Division, Seventeenth Army Corps, on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd of July, 1864.
Command. Officers. Men. Officers. Men.
July 20: --- --- --- 2
Fourth Division --- 2 2 47
Total --- 2 2 49
July 21: --- 38 9 287
Fourth Division 1 33 18 292
Total 1 71 27 579
July 22: 2 135 21 287
Fourth Division 10 62 15 238
Total 12 197 36 525
Grand total 13 270 65 1,153
Command. Officers Men. Officers Men. Aggregate
July 20: --- --- --- 2 2
Fourth --- --- 2 49 51
Total --- --- 2 51 53
July 21: --- 31 9 356 365
Fourth --- 19 19 344 363
Total --- 50 28 700 728
July 22: 18 297 41 719 760
Fourth 23 693 48 993 1,041
Total 41 990 89 1,712 1,801
Grand total 41 1,040 119 2,463 2,582