The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 10, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 479
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CEAP.XXII.] PITTSBURG LANDING, OR SHILOH, TENN. 479
placed into position by yourself, with directions to throw some shot
through a log house and some spherical case at some bales of cotton
that were in the edge of a field, where there was quite a number of the
At this time there was no other battery engaged at this point.
Brigadier-General Ruggles then directed me to move to my right and
throw some shells into a thicket across a field. I had fired but three
or four rounds when a rifle battery replied to me most handsomely,
and it being a little more than I felt disposed to contend with, General
Ruggles ordered me to move my section up to my right, where I was
joined by Captain Burns' (Mississippi) battery.* Here I heard General
Ruggles say that it was his intention to concentrate as much artillery
as possible at this point, to prevent General Prentiss from being re-
enforced from the river.
As soon as I had replenished the limber chests of my guns from my
caissons General Ruggles ordered me back to my former position.
Captain Burns' (Mississippi) battery formed on my right, Captain
Swett's (Mississippi) battery, and Captains Trigg's and Roberts' (Ar-
kansas) batteries formed on my left. There were other batteries
farther to my left, but I am unable to state by whom they were com-
The concentration of artillery at this point proved very effective.
The re-enforcements that were going to the relief of General Prentiss,
not being able to withstand the shower of shot, shell, and shrapnel
that was poured upon them, fell back in confusion toward the river,
which resulted in the surrender of General Prentiss, with his division.
In reference to the concentration of artillery at this point I feel
assured that it was done by the direction of Brigadier-General Rug-
gles, from the fact that I saw him place other batteries into position
besides my own, and his staff officers were actively engaged in bring-
ing up batteries from different portions of the field.
I have the honor to remain, captain, your obedient servant,
JAMES C. THRALL,
Captain of Artillery.
Capt. L. D. SANDIDGE,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. and Insp. Gen., Columbus, Miss.
Report of Col. Randall L. Gibson, Thirteenth Louisiana Infantry, com-
manding First Brigade, with application for Court of Inquiry.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST BRIGADE, RUGGLES' DIVISION,
Corinth, Miss., April 12, 1862.
SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part
taken by the First Brigade, Ruggles' division, composed of the Nine-
teenth Regiment Louisiana Volunteers, Col. B. L. Hodge; First Ar-
kansas Regiment, Col. James F. Fagan; Thirteenth Regiment Louis-
iana Volunteers, Maj. A. P. Avegno commanding, and the Fourth
Regiment Louisiana Volunteers, Col. H. W. Allen, in the action of the
6th and 7th instant:
At daybreak on the morning of the 6th the brigade was posted on
* See note on p. 472.
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United States. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 10, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports., book, 1884; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth154613/m1/487/?q=thrall: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.