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vates and non-commissioned officers especially that fell in the conflict,
yielding up their lives upon their country's altar. Better soldiers
live not in any army nor rest on any battle-field.
Appended I send you a list of the casualties of the regiment. *
Captain, Commanding Regiment.
Maj. EDWARD WRIGHT,
Comdg. Second Brig., Third Div., 13th Army Corps.
Report of Capt. Mascliil Manring, Fifty-sixth Ohio Infantry, of
engagement at Sabine Cross-Roads.
HDQRS. FIFTY-SIXTH OHIO VET. INFY. VOLS.,
Grand Ecore, La., April 14, 1864.
LIEUTENANT : I have the honor to respectfully submit the follow-
ing report of the part borne by this regiment in the action of the 8th
instant : My command, numbering 224, rank and file, effective men,
marched from Natchitoches with the brigade on the 6th instant,
arriving at Pleasant Hill on the evening of the 7th.
On the morning of the 8th, marched 12 miles to a point 7 miles
distant from Sabine Cross-Roads, and encamped. About 3 p. m.
the regiment, with the brigade, was ordered to the front, where the
Fourth Division was already engaged with the enemy. We arrived
on the battle-ground about 4 o'clock, and immediately took position
in line on the right of the brigade and immediately on the left of
the Mansfield road, and then moved forward to the edge of the tim-
ber, when the enemy opened a terrific fire from their batteries and
infantry. But, notwithstanding the galling fire they were receiving,
the regiment steadily advanced to a point in the open field, about
150 yards distant from the wood, which position we held about two
hours, when the cry arose, " More ammunition !" I immediately
sent an officer to the rear for supplies, but before they could reach
us we were forced to retire before a superior force of the enemy,
who were pressing us closely on either flank and on our center.
The regiment, however, did not give way until we saw that the whole
line on the left had been flanked and forced back, leaving us alone
on the open field. In obedience to orders, fell back to Pleasant Hill
the same night. Our loss was 40 killed, wounded, and missing.
My command now numbers 251 present, 122 of which are armed and
equipped ; the remainder are sick or wounded, on extra or daily duty,
Attached find a list of killed, wounded, and missing. *
I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,
Captain, Commanding Fifty-sixth Ohio Vet. Vols.
Lieut. C. B. BRADSHAW,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
* Embodied, in table, p. 259.
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