Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Brave Regiment

The 44th Indiana Volunteers, Colonel H. B. Reed, of Fort Wayne, acted a conspicuous part in the battle of Pittsburg Landing. They were in Gen. Lauman’s Brigade. They went into battle about 8 o’clock Sunday Morning, and after fighting all day rested on their arms during the night in a pelting rain without food or shelter. At 10 o’clock Sunday morning they were marched in support of Sherman’s Division and aided in driving the rebels from the field. During Sunday and Monday they fired over one hundred and sixty rounds of cartridges. At the close of his official report, addressed to Gen. Lauman, Col. Reed makes the following mention of the bravery of that officer, and of General Hurlbut commanding the Division:

“I cannot refrain from giving expression to my admiration of, and bearing testimony to the noble heroic manner in Which Gen. Hurlbut and yourself exposed your lives in your constant and unwearied efforts. Both of you were at all times to be seen at your posts directing the battle. No Generals, in my opinion, ever conducted a fight with greater ability or more bravery.”

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, May 3, 1862, p. 2

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