| 8th MO Infantry (US)
The following is an excerpt from
THE REPORT OF BRIG. GENERAL LEWIS WALLACE, U.S. ARMY,
COMMANDING THE THIRD DIVISION
AT THE SIEGE AND CAPTURE OF FORT DONELSON, TENNESSEE
February 12-16, 1862
"Meantime the regiments slowly followed the skirmishers. About quarter
the way up they received the first volley from the hill-top around which it ran,
a long line of fire disclosing somewhat of the strength of the enemy.
Instantly, under order of Colonel Morgan Smith,
both his regiments laid down.
The skirmishers were the chief victims.
George B. Swarthout, captain of Company H, Eighth Missouri, was killed, gallantly fighting far in advance. Soon as the fury of the fire abated, both regiments rose up and rushed on; and in that way they at length closed upon the enemy, falling when the volleys grew hottest, dashing on when they slackened or ceased.
Meanwhile their own fire was constant and deadly. Meanwhile, also,
Colonel Cruft's line was marching up in support and to the right of
Colonel Morgan Smith. The woods through
which he was moving seemed actually
to crackle with musketry. Finally, the Eighth Missouri and Eleventh
Indiana cleared the hill, driving the rebel regiments at least three-quarters of
a mile before them and halting within 150 yards of the intrenchments
behind which the enemy took refuge. This was about 5 o'clock, and
concluded the day's fighting.
In my opinion it also brought forth the surrender."
You can read Brig. Gen. Lewis Wallace's entire report at
Civil War Home.
(And, yes, he was the Lew Wallace who wrote "Ben Hur".)