“Shaw’s Brigade moved forward and took its position in front, and the brunt of the fighting fell on this gallant brigade. It could hardly have found one more able and willing to meet it.”
The brigade lost five hundred men, more by far than any other in the battle. It covered the retreat to Grand Ecore. In the retreat from Alexandria the Thirty-second regiment had several engagements with the enemy. Colonel Scott resigned on the 27th of May, 1864, and was succeeded by Colonel Eberhart. From June to November the regiment was in various expeditions in Tennessee and Missouri and later moved to Nashville and joined the army of General Thomas. It took part in the great battle of December 15th and 16th and captured a battery of five guns and many prisoners, losing twenty-five men. Its next important service was in the campaign against Mobile early in 1865; in which additional honors were won for duty faithfully performed upon all occasions. It remained in Alabama several months after the fall of Mobile and was mustered out of the service at Clinton, Iowa, on the 24th of August.