shield of darkness and ample succor were close at hand.
The character of these last assaults on the part of the Confederates, and their fruitless results, with the causes which wrought their failure, may be best illustrated by what befell Colonel Mouton and the 18th Louisiana Infantry.
After 4 P. M. he was ordered to charge a battery on a hill, some 600 yards in his front.
Advancing unsupported, the regiment soon became uncovered and exposed to a cross fire from the battery and its supd or hors-de-combat on the ground.
Another characteristic essay was made on the extreme Confederate right by General James R. Chalmers, with his own and a part of J. K. Jackson's Brigade, to press forward to the landing.
But in attempting, as Mouton had done, to mount the last ridge, they were met by a fire from a whole line of batteries, protected by infantry, and assisted by shells from the gunboats.
The Confederates, however, strongly persisted in storming the steep hillside, despite t