Edward N. Kirk of the 34th Illinois.
as part of McCook's Second Division, was hurried to the front near the center of the Union line.
Gen. McCook, believing the enemy had ceased their efforts on the right of his
line and was preparing to turn his
left, ordered the 77th PA to the extreme left of the division to repel the assault being made at that point.
called upon the artillery to fire, hastening their departure.
The column moved forward.
Two days later, about six miles from Shelbyville outside Clay Village, Col.
learned that an enemy force of four pieces of artillery, two cavalry regiments and an infantry brigade were drawn up in line of battle to his
ordered the 77th
and the 29th IN to charge the battery, which retreated before the onslaught.
At the end of November Col.
was commissioned Brigadier General, while Col. Stumbaugh, due to ill health, was forced to retire December 7.
General Kirk, commander of the Second Brigade, was also mortally wounded in the battle and succeeded by Col. Dodge of the 30th Indiana.