up the extreme rear, and to fire the only magazine which contained powder.
The necessary arrangements being completed, and Colonel Keitt having been informed that the transportation was ready, the embarkation commenced, and was continued with the utmost quietness and despatch.
The wounded were first embarked, and were followed by the remnants of the infantry garrison.
Captain Kanapaux, commanding light artillery, was then ordered to spike his three howitzers and embark his command.
Captain Lesesne, commanding at Battery Gregg, spiked the guns of that battery and followed with his command; and the rear-guard from Wagner, coming up at this time, in pursuance of orders from Colonel Keitt, the safety-fuses communicating with the magazines were lighted—that at Wagner by Captain Huguenin, and that at Gregg by Major Holcombe, C. S.— and the remainder of the command was safely and expeditiously embarked.
Owing to defects in the fuses themselves, they failed of accomplishing the purpose