Capt. John L. Campbell, Third Illinois Cavalry.
While waiting for the infantry to press the enemy, orders came for the cavalry to charge them, which was promptly executed. Company E was led by Lieutenant Vaughn, supported by Lieutenant Hargrave. Companies A and K were gallantly led by their company commanders in support of Company E.
The head of the column passed through the enemy's skirmishers and reached a point within 75 yards of the enemy, drawn up in three lines of battle on each side of the road, with a battery in the road directly in our front. They poured into us a galling enfilading fire from their small-arms and a plunging fire from their battery. As no cavalry could long live in this fire, a retreat was ordered and promptly executed.
Lieut. W.B. Hargrave, of Company E, was wounded in the right arm slightly; 3 horses were killed and 4 wounded in the charge.
I am happy to be able to say that the entire command did their duty.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN L. CAMPBELL,
Brig. Gen. PETER J. OSTERHAUS,
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