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lt on Port Hudson was ordered for the 27th, a storming party of two hundred volunteers was called for, nearly half that number coming from the 48th Mass. Lieut.-Col. James O'Brien of that regiment (of Charlestown, Mass.) was assigned to the leadership of the party, which contained fifteen line officers and seventy-seven enlisted metton bags for filling the ditch, while the 48th and 49th Mass., with other regiments, were to support them. When the order was given for the stormers to advance, O'Brien shook hands with the officer who brought it, and turning to his men, who were sitting or lying about him, said in the coolest and most business-like manner, Pick ander never quite returned. The aggregate of killed, wounded and missing was nearly two thousand (1,995), with scarcely any loss on the other side. Lieutenant-Colonel O'Brien was killed in this engagement and the greater part of his little party was killed or wounded. But the most conspicuous figure on the field on May 27 wa