under cover of woods, to our right, under Gen. Burbridge
, struck suddenly and heavily, about noon, while the 23d Wisconsin was engaged in voting for State officers — that being election day in their State.
That regiment was speedily reduced from 226 to 98 men — many of the rest, of course, prisoners, including its Colonel
, who was wounded; while the brigade of which it formed a part went into the fight numbering 1,010, and came out 361.
The loss was mainly in the 67th Indiana, which ingloriously surrendered without having lost a man. Our right, thus suddenly assailed in great force, and with intense fury, was broken, and was saved from utter destruction by the devoted bravery of the 23d Wisconsin and the efficient service of Nim
We lost one gun, which was not recovered; the Rebels
, upon the bringing up of the 3d division, Gen. McGinnis
, retreating rapidly to the shelter of the adjacent woods.
reports a loss of 26 killed, 124 wounded, and 566 missing (prisoners); total: 716.
The Rebels lost 60 killed, 65 prisoners, and 300 wounded.
's new expedition, 6,000 strong, led by Banks
himself, but more immediately commanded by Gen. Dana
directly for the Rio Grande
at Brazos Santiago
, driving off the small cavalry force there stationed, and following it to Brownsville
, 30 miles above, which was entered by our advance on the 16th; as was Point Isabel
two days later.
The Rebel works commanding Aransas Pass
were next taken by assault, which gave us their guns and 100 prisoners. Moving thence on Pass Cavallo
, commanding the western entrance to Matagorda Bay
, our army invested Fort Esperanza
, which was thereupon abandoned; most of its garrison escaping to the main land.
had expected to follow up this success — which gave us control of the coast from the Rio Grande
to the Brazos
— by a movement on Indianola
or on Matagorda
: but this involved a collision with whatever Rebel force could be collected in Texas
; and he deemed himself too weak to challenge such an encounter.
With a moderate reinforcement, he might have seized Galveston Island
— sealing up the coast of Texas
against blockade-runners: as it was, he felt obliged to desist and return to New Orleans.
. after Banks
had left him in command at Brownsville
, sent an expedition up the river 120 miles to Roma
, which encountered much privation, but no enemy; then another 70 miles eastward, toward Corpus Christi
, which found no Rebel force in this direction.
The Rebels had shifted their Mexican
trade to Eagle Pass
, 350 miles up, whither Dana
was unable to follow them.
Being afterward ordered to Pass Cavallo
, he found4
two of our brigades in quiet possession of Indianola
, on the main land, with an equal force on the Matagorda peninsula
opposite, and all Texas
west of the Colorado
virtually abandoned to our arms.
He believed we had force enough then on that coast to have moved boldly inland and contested the mastery of the State
; but he was overruled, and soon relieved from command.