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Grayson McNeely Tappan

Report By Col. J. C. Tappan On 13th Arkansas Infantry At Shiloh, Tennessee.

Corinth, Miss., April 12, 1862.

SIR: Owing to my absence from my command on a sick furlough, it was my misfortune not to be present in the engagement on Sunday. My regiment was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel [A. D.] Grayson, who fell, gallantly leading his command, on Sunday evening. The command then devolved on Maj. J. A. McNeely, who, although wounded in the arm, staid at the head of the regiment the balance of the day and took charge of it on Monday, and retained command of it until I came up and relieved him.

I reached Corinth on Sunday night and arrived at the battle ground early on Monday. The fight had commenced and not finding my regiment at first, I assisted Colonels Russell, J. Knox Walker, and others in leading their commands. From the time I took charge of my regiment until we retired from the field we were exposed to a heavy and dangerous fire, which my men stood like veterans. We had the honor to sustain the battery which protected our left as our army retired in the evening.

The loss of my regiment, in the two days fighting, was heavy, showing that we were in places where danger was greatest. The regiment went into the fight with 306 men, and had 25 killed, 72 wounded, and 3 missing; a list of whom is herewith attached, and asked to be made a part of this report.

I have the honor to remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Colonel, Thirteenth Regiment Arkansas Volunteers.

Captain GREEN,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 10, Part 1, Pages 429-430.

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