The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 20, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 857
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CHAP. XXII.] THE STONE'S RIVER CAMPAIGN. 857
woods,,from which position they had heavy batteries playing upon our
line: After a contest lasting about half an hour, we repulsed the front
line, driving it back upon the second, which also gave way upon our
approach, after a short struggle. Here I lost sight of Brigadier-General
Johnson's left, and continued to move straight forward against the
enemy, with General McCown still on my left. We continued the pur-
suit, constantly skirmishing, until we reached a house, which was after-
ward found to be a hospital, where we re-engaged and drove back the
enemy's second line of defense. My battery was here pushed forward
within 60 yards of the hospital, and fired upon the retreating foe, now
crossing the Wilkinson turnpike. My men continued the pursuit across
the turnpike, when they were halted to wait fQr ammunition, to obtain
which I dispatched Lieutenant [J. L.] Bostick, my aide-de-camp, to Gen-
eral McCown, who was near a house some 300 yards to the left of the
hospital, with his command. Meanwhile my own ammunition arrived
and supplied me.
In passing the hospital in advance, I was called upon by the Yankee.
officers to protect them, as there were a great many prisoners and
wounded men in and around it and among the numerous tents in the
ilclosure. I left one man in charge of it, and told him to proclaim it as
under my protection, and then passed on with .my brigade. I refused
taking any prisoners, as I did not wish to be delayed in my forward
movement, or to lose the men necessary to guard them, but ordered
prisoners reporting to me to remain there or move to the rear and pro-
claim themselves as my prisoners. I do not know what became of them
afterward, though I think they were subsequently taken by General
Johnson's brigade. It was at this point, in rear of the hospital, that
the Federal General Sill was killed by the Second Arkansas Regiment
[Infantry], while being engaged with the enemy at the hospital, Colonel
Govan ordering his men to fire at officers on horses near the building.
I forgot to mention that in the first engagement [Lieutenant-]Colonel
[Thomas B.] Tanner, Twenty-second Indiana Regiment, was left wounded
on the field and became a prisoner.
The brigade being now supplied with ammunition, after having crossed
the Wilkinson turnpike, was rapidly pushed forward through the woods
a quarter of a mile or more, and corning up with the enemy on the edge
of a field, which opened in view of a church, in some open woods on
Overall's Creek, some 500 yards distant on our left, and engaged him,
driving him in confusion over the crest of a hill beyond. Finding my-
self alone at this point, with no support on my right or left, I halted my
command in the woods near the fence, and threw forward a line of skir-
mishers to reconnoiter and develop the enemy, not then visible from our
position. Lieuts. J. M. Dulin and [J. L.] Bostick, of my staff, who had
gone forward with the skirmishers, immediately returned and reported
1he enemy in line of battle in the valley of Overall's Creek, some 400 or
500 yards distant from the crest of the hill. I at once ordered forward
my battery to the crest of the hill, and directed it to fire upon him, as I
was in good supporting distance with the brigade. This was done with
decided effect, resulting in turning the enemy back and driving him from
view behind the railroad embankment. The turnpike road at this time
was filled with trains of wagons moving in the direction of Nashville,
which the Texas cavalry charged, and I ordered the battery to fire upon
that part of the train to the right of the cavalry, which caused the train
to break in confusion and seek shelter behind the embankment of the
railroad. While this change of route by the enemy was taking place, I
continued firing as long as any of the train and enemy appeared in view.
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