nty-six men were gobbled up. So much for guarding cotton for Jews.
Who ordered the Captain out?
is now the question.
But on Sunday, the seventh instant, the monotony of garrison-duty was very summarily broken in upon.
Opposite Natchez, in Louisiana, is the town of Vidalia, where a force of — men, under command of Colonel B. G. Farrar, Second Mississippi artillery of A. D. is stationed.
On the evening of the fifth, the Colonel received reliable information that a large force of the enemy risonburgh.
The forces of the enemy were Texan troops, General (or Prince) Polignac's brigade, consisting of the Seventeenth consolidated Texas, Colonel Taylor, three Texan regiments, Colonels Alexander, Stephens, and Hopp, and one battalion Louisiana cavalry, Major Caldwell.
The fight was plainly visible from the bluffs of Natchez — every movement of the enemy, every change of our men could be distinctly seen, and the male and female citizens of this loyal city, who had lined the banks to