Near Mississippi Springs, May 13, 1863
In the engagement yesterday near Raymond, my regiment (Forty-first
Tennessee) being held in reserve, all the companies were not actively
engaged until near its close; but in changing positions the regiment was
several times under heavy fire. When moving from near the center of our
line of battle to the extreme left, which, judging from the firing in
that direction, I apprehended was seriously menaced, I found the enemy's
skirmishers or sharpshooters advancing into a skirt of timber which
partially enveloped our extreme left. I immediately threw out Captain
[A. S.] Boone's company as skirmishers, with orders to clear the woods
in front, and then moved the regiment farther to the left to a strong
position on the --------[Gallatin] road, thus forming as well as
covering the extreme left of our line. Our skirmishers, under the
gallant Captain Boone, advanced into the woods, driving the enemy, and
did not fall back immediately, although met by a heavy force of the
enemy, but continued to advance until fired upon by the enemy's line.
Captain Boone was killed at this discharge, and the enemy advancing
immediately, occupying the ground, I am sorry to say that the body of
this gallant officer had to be left on the field. The enemy made no
farther advance in that direction, however, and we continued to hold our
position for more than half an hour, and until we were ordered by
General Gregg to retire slowly from the field in rear of the brigade,
which we did very slowly and in excellent order.
The following is a list of casualties.
Colonel Forty-first Tennessee.