Brig. Gen. Isaac F. Quinby, U. S. Army, commanding
Seventh Division, Seventeenth Army Corps
COLONEL: Herewith I have the honor to transmit the reports of the several battery, regimental, and brigade commanders of this division of the operations in which their respective commands have participated since they left Milliken's Bend, La., on and after the 20th ultimo, up to and including the 20th instant, when the whole of the division had reached its position in rear of Vicksburg.
On the return of the division from the Yazoo Pass expedition, the state of my health, in the opinion of the surgeons, rendered a change of climate necessary, and the major-general commanding the corps granted me a leave of absence for twenty days.
I was unable to rejoin my command until the morning of the 16th instant, just as it was about to perform its part in the battle of Champion's Hill. It was deemed inexpedient to relieve Brigadier-General Crocker, then commanding, and assign me to the command of the division at the moment it was engaging the enemy. Besides, my still feeble condition, and the exhaustion consequent upon a ride of 16 miles before the ground was gained, incapacitated me for the command. I remained on the field, however, until the battle was ours.
The Second Brigade, Colonel Holmes, Tenth Missouri
Infantry, commanding, was ordered to remain on the field to assist in
bringing off and caring for the wounded, collecting abandoned arms and
other property, and burying the dead. The First Brigade, Colonel
Sanborn, Fourth Minnesota Infantry, and the Third Brigade, Colonel
Boomer, Twenty-sixth Missouri Infantry, commanding, moved forward on the
road toward Vicksburg, and encamped for the night on Baker's Creek.
During the night the First Brigade, under the direction of an engineer officer of the corps, threw a floating bridge in front of its position over the Big Black, and at 9 a.m. on the 18th, the troops began to cross by it. The passage of troops, artillery, and the wagon train occupied nearly the whole day. The First Brigade and Twelfth Wisconsin Battery were left as a guard for the bridge, while the Third Brigade, with the Sixth Wisconsin and Eleventh Ohio Batteries, and Company M, First Missouri Light Artillery, moved on toward Vicksburg, reaching its rear on the morning of the 19th, and were placed in position against the enemy's works, the Third Brigade on the left of Major-General Logan's division.
On the 20th instant, the First and Second Brigades, with
the Twelfth Wisconsin Battery, crossed the Big Black, destroyed the
bridge, and on the afternoon of that day were also assigned to their
positions about' Vicksburg.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
I. F. QUINBY,
Lieut. Col. W. T. CLARK,
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