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Captain James Barnett, fifty altered muskets; Captain Squire Johnson, twenty altered muskets; Captain William Stone's cavalry company are armed with French revolvers, and have saddles and other equipments for the whole company. Captain Yoost Mooga's artillery has one three-inch Dahlgren gun, one six-pounder brass piece, and Russian rifles.
Captain Phillips and Captain William Bryan, have no arms. The Belgian rifle will do to drill with, but are of no account to shoot with, there being so great a difference in the caliber, and not niuch account generally. We have one armory in which we keep our artillery, but since the raid on Newburg, we find it best to have the small arms in the hands of the privates. We have no great amount of ammunition, but perhaps enough for the present.
Our companies have always filled the requirements of the law in drilling in the worst of weather, and in summer time, have generally drilled every week.
The proclamation of the Governor did not interfere with the Legion in my county in any way. I organized some eleven companies of militia under the proclamation; and when his Excellency thought proper to disband those companies, it did not have any effect on the companies of the Legion. We have had battalion drill and dress parade on several occasions this year, and, I must say, we did exceedingly well. The officers of companies deserve very much credit for their untiring efforts to become proficient in military discipline.
Now, a word as to the service. Captain Perigo, Captain J. F. Roberts, Captain Taylor, Captain John Darby, Captain Bell and Captain William Stone, have certainly done very valuable service to the State, and to the General Government; they have been vigilant day and night. Their companies have sent details for guard duty on the Ohio river from the 18th day of August last until the 1st of November. They have left their crops to go to waste and stood guard to prevent the rebel thief, Adam R. Johnson, from again making a raid into Indiana on our border. Those companies have sacrificed in their crops four fold what their pay would amount to is paid the regulation price, but they attached themselves to the Legion for the good of the cause and the protection of the border, and were willing even to sacrifice life itself, if necessary, to attain these ends.
And now, General, I would respectfully appeal to you to intercede in their behalf that they may receive a remuneration for their
services. To Lieutenant-Colonel Adams and to Major R. R. Roberts I must tender my most sincere thanks for the valuable service rendered by those officers in the discharge of their duties. Also, to all the commissioned officers, for their energy and ability to instruct and command their companies, and would say that I think if called into action they would, by being members of the Indiana Legion, reflect great credit to the cause.
As to the efficiency of the militia law, I will at some other time write at some length. I find it deficient in almost every particular. I think any alteration would be an improvement, but of this I will not now speak, but submit the foregoing.
Yours, very respectfully,
DANIEL F. BATES,
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COLONEL JOHN W. CROOKS,
COMMANDING FOURTH REGIMENT, SECOND
BRIGADE, INDIANA LEGION.
Rockport, December 2, 1862.
Major-General Love, Commanding Indiana Legion,
Indianapolis, Indiana :
GENERAL :-In obedience to orders, I have the honor to report the following as pertaining to my command:
Owing to the excitement between Evansville and Cannelton during the past summer, the duties of my command were very heavy. During the months of July, August, September, and until the 6th of October, we had not less than a score of alarıns. You will see by the accompanying papers, the state of excitement in and about the town of Owensboro, Ky., how urgently they appealed for assistance, and how much they relied upon the Fourth Regiment of the Legion for protection. I was called to their relief not less than six times, taking my entire command, with many citizens besides.
In fact I can say that the Legion of Spencer literally defended the town of Owensboro, and the camp of troops under Colonel Netter, for the space of ninety days. He told me but for our assistance in time of need, he would have to burn his stores and abandon the place. That the Indianians with their muskets and artillery were his only salvation. With my assurance that the entire fighting population of our county would fly to their relief, if needed, the loyal portion of Davies county, Ky., took a high Union stand, and have finally succeeded in establishing a tolerably, and only a tolerably, healthy sentiment. They had much to contend with, for I arn quite certain it was not excelled in disloyalty by any county in the State of Kentucky.
Thus things went on until the morning of the 19th of September, 1862, when the town of Owensboro was attacked and taken by the rebels, the Colonel in command killed, and his forces rendered useless for good. Upon receiving notice of this disaster, and a call for assistance, I immediately threw across the river, below the city, under the protection of our ordinance and their camp, from five to six hundred of my command, driving the rebels from the place, and taking possession of the town.
Learning that night that the rebels were encamped about eight miles out, we organized a force for the purpose of giving them battle. Most of my men were much fatigued, many of them having marched over twenty miles, yet they set out with an alacrity and eagerness unexampled. We arrived in front of the enemy between sunrise and daylight next morning. My command consisted of three hundred and fifty of the Spencer Legion, some five or eight citizens of Davies county, and sixty of Netter's mounted men. The enemy's forces consisted of a battalion of five hundred under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Martin of
We had with us one 6-pounder cannon; they had a 4-pounder piece.
They opened the ball by dispersing our cavalry, who had incau. tiously gone beyond supporting distance, and who were lost to your service the balance of the day. Hearing the engagement of the cavalry, we hastened forward, put our cannon in position, and at the third round dismounted it by bursting up the trunnion caps, which resulted in sending it to the rear. We now saw no alternative but to close in with the infantry, which was done in a style that would have been commendable to veterans. The engagement lasted one hour and a half, the enemy playing upon us his small cannon, charged with sacks of small Minie balls, all the while. The deadly aim of our backwoodsmen, however, proved too hot; observing their wavering lines, we made a charge, scattering them in the wildest confusion.
the rebel army.