The Fifty Eighth Regiment at Pittsburg Landing.
OUR FIGHTING IRISH COMPANY TAKEN PRISONERS.
Lieut. H. M. Van Arman who has just arrived in Chicago, from the battle field at Pittsburg Landing, furnishes the following account of the part taken by the 58th regiment in the battle, together with the subjoined list of the killed, wounded and prisoners, so far as he can say with certainty.
The fifty-eighth was in Gen. Smith's division, and in the brigade commanded by Col. Sweeney, acting brigadier, and was posted on the right centre of the enemy's lines of attack on the main road leading into Corinth. The regiment was brought into action Sunday morning at 9 o'clock by an attack of three regiments of infantry and a rebel battery, which continued for about half an hour. — The fifty-eighth being on low ground, the enemy overshot, doing little injury. There being great danger at this time that the enemy would succeed in flanking our troops, the fifty-eighth was ordered by Gen. Sweeney to cross an open cotton field 300 yards in width, with a view to break the enemy's centre as soon as they should move; but the enemy, instead of attacking in front, managed, through a strip of woods, to get to the rear, and they again opened fire. Companies A, B, and C were now ordered out to the open field to get possession of a house and cotton bales midway in it. They had scarcely emerged from the woods when the rebels opened on them with their infantry, killing eight of company A, and three of four of company B. Lieut. Van Arman, who was in command of company A, then ordered a double quick to reach the cotton bales and house, but the rebels, about 350 in number, anticipating this movement, reached the cotton bales first, and opened rapid fire, killing one sergeant and one private, and wounded three sergeants and one private. Lieut. Van Arman, while advancing, was struck on the side of the thigh by a cannon shot, which brought him to the ground, and he was carried from the field. The whole regiment, except a part of company A, was afterwards surrounded by a large body of rebels and taken prisoners. This occurred about 4 P.M. Sunday. Col. Lynch, throughout the day, behaved with the greatest coolness and bravery; also Adjutant Joseph Burt, of Chicago.
The killed known to Lieut. Van Arman were Capt. Bewly, co. B; Lieut. Fife, co. F; Sergeant Wm. Losee, co. A; Dwight Packard, Luke Fitzpatrick, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Michael Conroy, Michael Graber, co. A; Sergeant Heffernan, co. I.
The wounded are Col. W. F. Lynch, in the face, slightly; Lieut. Col. Rutishauser, severely; Adj't Joseph Burt, severely; Capt. John W. Babbitt, co B, severely; Capt. Rutishauser, co. E, mortally; Lieut. Winsow, co. G, slightly; Orderly Sergeant Henry Smith, in command of co. E, slightly; Sergeants George Cotton and Daniel Murphy of co. A, severely; Sergeant Betts, co. I, severely.
Among the prisoners are Col. Lynch, Lieut. Col. Rutishauser, Maj. Thos. Newlan, Ad'jt Joseph Burt, Serg. Maj. Dustin, Lieut. Moss, co. B; Lieut. Kurthe, co. A; Lieut. Kittle, Lieut. Winslow, co. F; Lieut. Lannegan, co. H, Capt. Helan, co. I; Capt. Durthe, co. F; Capt. Gregg, co. K; Lieuts. McArthur and O'Kane, co. I; Lieuts. Tobin and Gregg, co. K.
Nearly all the balance of the regiment, except about 150 men, are taken prisoners. — The remnant of the regiment is in command of Capt. Healy, of company A, now at Pittsburg.