The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 3. Page: 123
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CHAP. X.] BATTLE OF WILSON'S CREEK,-MO. 123
Consolidated report of casualties in the Arkansas Stlate forces in the action of August 10,
Command. ' ~ Remarks.
Second [First] Cavalry. . .............. .. 5 18 2 25
oodruff's battery, ........................ 25 84 1 110
Fourth Infantry ............................... . .. ........ Not engaged.
Fifth Infantry................. ....... .. 11 ...3 1 ..1 14
General staff..................... ........... .......... .. 1 1 Captain Jefferson captured.
Total ............ ................ 33 113 4 150
A. H. CLINE,
Major and A. D. C.
Report of Col. John R. Gratiot, Third Arkansas Infantry.
BATTLE-GROUND UPON WILSON'S CREEK, Mo.,
August 11, 1861.
SIR: Early upon the morning of the 10th of August my regiment
was summoned by the report that the enemy had taken us by surprise
and were upon us. As soon as the regiment was formed it was ordered
to an adjacent hill, occupied by Captain Woodruff's battery, to support
it, where it remained some hours -under a fire of shot and shell. At
about 11.30 o'clock a. in. yourself in person gave orders for my regiment
to move on to the scene of action and attack a battery and a large force
then forming on the north side of Wilson's Creek, on the ridge, and in
the woods. I proceeded to execute the order under a heavy fire of shot
and shell from the enemy's batteries, crossed the creek, and marched
up the ridge by a flank movement and in column of fours. I advanced
until we came near the enemy. We then faced toward them, and
marched in line of battle about fifty paces, when we were attacked by
a large force of the enemy in front and on the left flank.
At this moment a battery commenced playing upon our left flank,
enfilading the entire regiment with grape, canister, and shell. So ter-
rific was the fire, that my regiment was obliged to lie down, and then
commenced firing in that position. We remained in this attitude for
about thirty minutes, firing with deadly effect, silencing the fire of the
artillery and infantry upon our left and driving the enemy in front.
We remained upon the ground long after the enemy had fled and all
During the action, I am sorry to say, we were very much annoyed,
and some of the casualties hereafter mentioned are to be attributed to
the fire of our o-wn friends, who formed behind us and lower down upon
the hill, and fired through my ranks after the fire had ceased from the
enemy. Attached herewith find a, report of casualties, which will show
the heavy fire under which we were placed.*
Of my regiment I must speak in the highest terms for their coolness,
prompt obedience, and daring courage, and although but few of them
SSee inclosure to report No. 32.
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