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orce on the right bank, I threw over the whole of the Eighth New-Hampshire and Perkins's cavalry by means of my floating bridge, and in this order moved down the bayisoners. Carruth arrived about this time, and I sent him with one section and Perkins's cavalry in pursuit. They pursued about four miles, Carruth firing upon the the head with a carbine. This company of cavalry was under the command of Lieut. Perkins. On the right, a party of about a dozen rebel cavalry dashed on the outposrve on the staff, the command and direction of his fine company devolved on Lieut. Perkins, and whatever the fitness of any other man may be for the position, I consider Perkins fully his equal. He is an incessant rider, always on the alert, always useful. While I thus speak of the Lieutenant, I must not forget that the other cry on this side of the bayou — a portion of Thompson's battery, I believe. Lieut. Perkins's cavalry was there doing good service, but not assisting in the thickest o
long in port, properly coaled and in readiness. In consequence I was not able to make my landing at Delta, and disembark the cavalry forces which composed my command till after dark. The force I had with me was one thousand nine hundred and twenty-five strong, and consisted of detachments from the following regiments, namely:  Commander.No. Men. First Indiana Cavalry,Capt. Walker,300 Ninth Illinois Cavalry,Major Birge,150 Third Iowa Cavalry,Major Scott,188 Fourth Iowa Cavalry,Capt. Perkins,200 Fifth Illinois Cavalry,Major Soley,212      1,050 The above I formed into one brigade under the command of Colonel Hale Wilson, of the Fifth Illinois cavalry.  Commander.No. Men. Sixth Missouri Cavalry,Major Harkins,150 Fifth Kansas Cavalry,Lieut.-Col. Jenkins,208 Tenth Illinois Cavalry,Capt. Auderson,92 Third Illinois Cavalry,Lieut.-Col. Ruggles,200 Second Wisconsin Cavalry,Lieut.-Col. Sterling,225      875 The last-named were placed under command of Colon
at once. The reply was, that he should wait until the upper bridges also were completed. Meantime, with the latter but little progress was made. During the next couple of hours half a dozen attempts were made to complete the bridges, but each time the party was repulsed with severe loss. On the occasion of one essay, Capt. Brainard, of the Fiftieth New-York volunteer engineers, went out on the bridge with eleven men. Five immediately fell by the balls of the rebel sharp-shooters. Capt. Perkins led another party, and was shot through the neck, and the Sixty-sixth and Fifty-seventh New-York regiments, which were supporting the Fiftieth and Fifteenth New-York volunteer engineers--Gen. Woodbury's brigade — suffered severely. It was a hopeless task, and we made little or no progress. The rebel sharp-shooters, posted in the cellars of the houses of the front street, not fifty yards from the river, behind stone walls and in rifle-pits, were able to pick off with damnable accuracy a
ent. He was killed at the head of his regiment, at the Kinston bridge. Though but a few days in this department, he had already won the high esteem of all here. In the charge of the Tenth Connecticut, they lost Capt. H. A. Wells, and Lieuts. H. W. Perkins, T. D. Hill, and J. C. Coffing, all good and excellent officers, who died doing a gallant duty. For many details of distinguished services of individual officers, I beg to refer to the brigade and regimental reports. I have the honoKinston. Our loss in killed, wounded, and missing will not exceed one hundred and fifty. Among the killed was Col. Gray, of the Ninety-sixth New-York, who fell at the head of his regiment, while leading a successful charge. Capt. Wells and Lieut. Perkins, of the Tenth Connecticut, were also killed. Loss of the enemy not definitely ascertained. We took upwards of five hundred prisoners, among whom were two colonels and several other officers, and eleven pieces of artillery, besides other cap
llowing day a reconnaissance was made by Captain Hubbard, of General Weitzel's staff. He was accompanied by the cavalry companies of Captain Williamson and Lieutenant Perkins. Our party had advanced but a short distance when the enemy fired upon them, retreating behind buildings. The rebels were in easy range from Fort Buchanank City, reporting the country clear for miles around. At twelve o'clock M., the next day, (Saturday, April eleventh,) an advance was ordered. Williamson's and Perkins's cavalry were again in the saddle, skirmishing with the enemy all day. The following is the order in which the advance was made: Eighth Vermont, Colonel Thomaies of salt from these mines. On Thursday afternoon a dashing cavalry charge was made by Major Robinson's command. The companies were Williamson's, Barrett's, Perkins's, and a Massachusetts company. The rear-guard of the enemy's cavalry, which for two days had desperately attempted to check our pursuit, made a stand for the pu
constancy, valor, and success. History affords no more brilliant example of soldierly qualities. Your victories have followed in such rapid succession that their echoes have not yet reached the country. They will challenge its grateful and enthusiastic applause. Yourselves striking out a new path, your comrades of the army of Tennessee followed, and a way was thus opened for them to redeem previous disappointments. Your march through Louisiana, from Milliken's Bend to New-Carthage and Perkins's plantation, on the Mississippi River, is one of the most remarkable on record. Bayous and miry roads, threatened with momentary inundations, obstructed your progress. All these were over-come by unceasing labor and unflagging energy. The two thousand feet of bridging which was hastily improvised out of materials created on the spot, and over which you passed, must long be remembered as a marvel. Descending the Mississippi still lower, you were the first to cross the river at Bruin's