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eries on Sunday and Monday fully proved, while Grover at the same time was reaching their rear, harairteenth,) news reached General Banks that General Grover was in the rear of the enemy advancing on k on Saturday morning, the eleventh inst., General Grover's division left Brashear City on the gunbo General Dwight received instructions from General Grover to remain on the opposite side of the Technd fifty prisoners in all were captured by General Grover's command. Immediately on the retreat a warned her not to proceed any further, as General Grover was in the neighborhood; but advised that hree hundred sharp-shooters was cut off by General Grover's forces, and it is thought they had subse without artillery for about an hour, when General Grover arrived with Closson's battery of six piecwn that the moment for action had arrived, General Grover formed his troops in line of battle, as fo The Major of the regiment was serving on General Grover's staff, and was not on the spot; two othe[16 more...]
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 171-operations on the Opelousas. (search)
Doc. 171-operations on the Opelousas. General Banks's official report. headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Nineteenth army corps, Opelousas, April 23, 1863. General: On the evening of the seventeenth, General Grover, who had marched from New-Iberia by a shorter road, and thus gained the advance, met the enemy at Bayou Vermilion. The enemy's force consisted of a considerable number of cavalry, one thousand infantry and six pieces of artillery, masked in a strong position on the opand a section of artillery, being thrown forward to Washington, on the Courtableau, a distance of six miles. The command rested on the twenty-first. Yesterday morning, the twenty-second, I sent out Brigadier-General Dwight with his brigade of Grover's division and detachments of artillery and cavalry, to push forward through Washington toward Alexandria. He found the bridges over bayous Cocodue and Bocuff destroyed, and occupied the evening and night in replacing them by a single bridge at
o'clock, which was continued with animation during the day. At ten o'clock Weitzel's brigade, with the division of General Grover, reduced to about two brigades, and the division of General Emory, temporarily reduced by detachments to about a brig extreme right was commanded by General Weitzel. with his own and the division of General Emory; the right centre by General Grover; the left centre by General Augur, and the extreme left by General T. W. Sherman--our artillery brigade being under c found in any army than they who formed it. I refer to the division commanders — Weitzel, the young man, but old soldier; Grover, the well-known commander of a brigade in Hooker's division on the Peninsula Augur, who commanded a brigade and was woundegiments have suffered severely. The attack on the centre of the enemy's position by the columns of Generals Augur and Grover, also exhibited the most terrible fighting and the same obstinate resistance. Our troops here, as well as on the right a