The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 8. Page: 157
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CeAP. XVIII.] NEW MADRID, MO., AND ISLAND NO. 10, ETC.
dangers of those around him; to Colonel Brown, of the Fifty-fifth Ten-
nessee Regiment, who remained all day with his men on the crimailldre,
but furnishing assistance when needed, taking his share of the dangers
surrounding him; to Colonel Neely, of the Fourth Tennessee Regiment,
who, although his regiment remained in reserve, and of course could
not take any part in the engagement, went himself and remained a long
time in the battery, in order to find out the best route to bring his men
in action should they have been called upon.
Captain Rucker behaved throughout the day with cool judgment and
discretion. I say nothing of the bravery he displayed on that day.
Captain Rucker is a hero and behaved like one. I propose to you to
bring his name for promotion before the general commanding-in-chief
in the Army of the Mississippi. No braver heart, no better man could
be selected for that distinction on March 17. Captain Rucker has won
The engagement of the 17th instant is one of the most brilliant ex-
ploits of this war. The enemy admits it, and claims to have killed
1,000 of our men. Yes, it required 1,000 men to perform what 150 men
did on that day. I do not know one single instance on record that
can be compared with it. Its results are incalculable. By that victory
we have shown the enemy the superiority of our land batteries over
their iron-clad gunboats. We have effectually closed against him the
gates of the Thermopylm of the South, and we have gained time and
also confidence in ourselves.
Herewith is appended document B,* containing the names of the
non-comissioned and commissioned officers who have served in the
battery during that memorable action.
The French soldiers prided themselves upon the battle of thle Pyra-
mids, and glory and honor was bestowed upon them who could say,
"I was present at the battle of the Pyramids." Before many months
elapse it will be deemed not the less glorious among us to be able to
.show a name on the list of the heroes of Mlarch 17, and say, "I was
present at the attack upon the redan fort at Madrid Bend."
With much respect, general, I submit this report for your considera-
tion, and remain, your obedient servant,
Brigadier- General, Commanding Artillery, Madrid Bend, Mo.
Report of Capt. A. Jackson, Jr., Tennessee Artillery.
MurEIPHIS, TENN., April 16, 1862.
I have the honor to submit the following report of the evacuation of
the post at Madrid Bend and the escape of the heavy artillery com-
panlies there under my comnimand.
On the night of April 6 i was informed by General Mackall that he
would take all the available infantry force and leave that night for
some central point between Tiptolville and New Madrid, and leave the
command of the post of Madrid Bend to me as ranking officer there,
and instructed me to hold the place as long as possible, and when I
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