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[145] the thirty-seven prisoners we took, fifteen were wounded. Our men brought them on their shoulders across the stream, whence they were taken to a dwelling-house near by, and every possible care given them by our surgeons. They all expressed astonishment at the care shown them, and stated that they had been told that if they ever fell into our hands they would be killed; and such fate they expected would be theirs.

Our men partook of the dinner the Louisiana Tigers had prepared for themselves. They captured their company books; and brought away rifles, muskets, swords, sashes, etc. I might recount any number of narrow escapes, had I time.

General McClellan having received intelligence of the skirmish, rode toward the river and met the regiment on its return. He grasped General Woodbury warmly by the hand and said: “General, I am happy to congratulate you again on your success. I have had occasion to do so before, and do so again with pleasure.” He also shook hands with Capt. Rose, of the first company, and said: “I thank you, Captain: your men have done well.”

To some of the men he said: “How do you feel, boys?” They exclaimed: “General, we feel bully!”

“ Do you think anything can stop you from going to Richmond?” he asked, and an enthusiastic “No!” rang from the whole line.

All the officers of the regiment behaved remarkably well. Gen. McClellan telegraphed immediately to Gen. Porter that the Fourth Michican had covered themselves with glory.

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