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History of Cambria County, V.2

    While Gen. Grant was at Mount McGregor, during his last illness (June 21, 1885) he wrote an article relating to McCook's Division (Co. C) to correct a wrong impression which was then prevailing and said: "Out of justice to Gen. McCook and his command, I must say that they left a point 22 miles east of Savannah on the morning of the 6th. From the heavy rains and the passage of trains and artillery, the roads were necessarily deep in mud, which made marching slow. The division had not only marched through this mud the day before, but it had been in the rain all night without rest. It was engaged in the battle of the second day, and did as good service as its position allowed."
    Grant's losses were: Killed, 1,135; wounded, 7,882, missing, 3,956, making a total of 13,573. The Confederates lost 10,699.
    Major Stephen D. Carpenter, commanding 19th U.S. Infantry (Company C) made the following report on the battle of Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing.
Pittsburg Battle-Field, April 10,1862.
    * * On the afternoon, while the right of the brigage was engaged with the enemy, Lieut. Andrews, of my regiment observed to me the enemy's flag, behind which were forming his columns doubled upon the center.
    Having been confirmed in my mind that this was the flag of the enemy, behind which his force were forming for the purpose of taking our left directly in flank, I immediately changed my front forward on the left company, and sent my adjutant, Lieutenant Snyder, to ask you for the support of the left of your brigade.
    You immediately ordered up the 6th Indiana, Colonel Crittenden, in support, when instantly, as you will doubtless recollect, we were engaged hotly by the enemy in front, and after hard fighting, in which our own and the enemy's forces nearly came together, he finally gave way and fled.
    While resisting another attack of the enemy in our front and in pursuit my battalion (Co. C) moved out and took the ground and a battery of the enemy, which I presume had been taken from our forces the day before.
    This battery consisted of a 24 and a 12-pounder howitzer, which, after examination, and finding them spiked, we left on the ground. * * I will only add that during the entire day, from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m., during most of the time under fire, my officers, without an exception, also the men of the command with but a very few exceptions, did their duty with a determination and zeal that in my opinion cannot be excelled. ***
Major 19th U.S. Infantry, Commanding Battalion.

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