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Report by Lt. Col. E.B. Gray
Role of the 28th Wisconsin in the Battle of Helena


Headquarters 28th Wisc. Vol. Infy.
Helena, Ark. July 5th 1863

Lieut. W.E. Whitredge
A.A.A. Genl. 1st Brigade 13th Divn.


I have to report that the 28th Wisc. Inftry Vols. during the engagement of yesterday occupied the Riflepits on the right and left of Battery "B" on the St. Francis Road.

Company "G" under the Command of 1st Lieut. David Turner was on duty as advance guard on the Little Rock road, at the opening of the engagement, and being driven back by the enemys advance, joined the forces supporting Battery "D" and took part in the fight at that point.

Company "J" under the command of 2nd Lieut. Slawson was posted by the direction of the commanding General in the ravine on the left of the Riflepits, and did good service against the enemy on their advance toward Fort Curtiss, returning after the repulse to their place in the Riflepits.

Companies "A. D. E. & K. did considerable execution upon the Rebel forces, with their rifles at long range, and Companie "D" Captain Redington brought into Head Quarters about One Hundred prisoners.

Company "F" was detached from my Regiment and I am unable to state, what part they took in the engagement of yesterday.

I cannot but commend all, both Officers and Men, for their promptness and bravery throughout.

The casualties in my Command are

Wounded - five, of whom One has since died.
Missing - five.

Very respectfully,
E.B. Gray, Lieut. Col.
Commdg 28th Wisc. Regt.

SOURCE: Historical Society of Wisconsin Archives
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