Rouge and march to Port Hudson
The regiment (the First) broke out in cheers for General Butler
and Colonel Stafford
, and marched off singing the song, “John Brown
The correspondent of the Times
has told how these colored soldiers fought on the twenty-seventh, and I need not repeat the story here.
The unflinching courage shown on that day has been exhibited nearly every day since, for they have had frequent skirmishes with the rebels, and in every instance the latter have been driven back with loss.
Only last week one company of the First regiment charged upon a ridge where there was a company of rebels in a rifle-pit who had annoyed our soldiers very much.
The rebels were put to flight and driven into their works, with a loss of two killed, and two or three wounded; our loss was the same.
The rebels left behind them their supper, canteens, blankets, etc. Our boys were much joyed with their success; and it may be added that they have been constantly advancing on the rebel works, and have never given up an inch of ground that they have once gained
. All honor to our brave colored soldiers!
has spoken in the highest terms of the fighting qualities of the negro soldiers, and it is probable that they will no longer be kept in the background for want of his confidence.
The unflinching courage of the black soldier, as displayed at Port Hudson
, shows that we may depend upon him to do his part in the present contest.
The siege is progressing favorably, and will soon end in success to our arms.
J. T. Paine
, Surgeon-in-charge First and Third Infantry U. S. Volunteers, Corps d'afrlque.