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compelled to slacken my fire. The enemy in the meantime having cap- tured Lieutenant Battles and command, turned one of the pieces (three inch-rifle) on my position, Concentrating my fire on that piece, they abandoned it as well as the position, seeing which, I formed two de- tachments, and gaining the position, opened with the two pieces on the enemy, who were in force about two hundred yards to my right. The enemy having retired, I was ordered to move the two pieces to a posi- tion to the right of Fort Gregg ; procured horses, moved forward about a mile. Seeing the enemy advancing in three or four lines of battle inside of our lines, and about four miles to the right of Gregg, came in battery, commenced firing, fired about thirty- five rounds from each gun. Ordered by Colonel Owen to move out on the road and take position in rear of Harris's brigade. Then moving down the road to meet the enemy had not gone over two hundred yards ordered by Colonel Owen back to Fort Gregg with my two pieces, which, by his order, were
put in position on the work.
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I remain your obedient servant, (Signed) FEANCIS McELBOY,
ttrst lieutenant second company battalion Washington artillery.
FROM MAJOR-GENERAL JOHN GIBBON, UNITED STATES ARMY.
FORT SNELLING, MINN., January 17, 1880.
Dear /Sir, I have your letter of the 14th inst., and regret that I can give you no information in regard to the garrison of Fort Gregg. I have merely a vague recollection that I heard at the time the garrison was composed of Mississippians. Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan, the com- mander, I recollect perfectly well, having met him immediately after the surrender. He was slightly wounded in the head. I have to re- gret that this answer to your enquiry is necessarily so unsatisfactory, and am,
Very respectfully yours,
JOHN GIBBON. Gen I .ZV. H. Harris, Viclcsburg, Miss.