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[534] short time they returned, reporting that she was changing her position. The fog, which had been very heavy, now lifted, (thirty-five minutes past eight A. M.,) discovering her position. A large flag was flying from her mainmast.

A rebel battery had been quietly placed between the Diana and our forces, not one hundred and fifty yards distant from the latter, and nearly five hundred yards from their earthworks. They were attempting to post their pickets and get ready to open a fire, which must have forced our gallant fellows back, when General Paine again sent a messenger to hasten up a battery. A moment after the artillery of Captain Mack's Eighteenth New-York was heard thundering along the road. At the bend he was seen galloping at full speed, and the next moment the guns were in position.

So rapid and splendid was the whole movement performed, that the enemy had not time to open their batteries before the staunch twenty pounder Parrotts of Captain Mack were throwing shell into them, when the whole of the rebel guns were limbered up and hurried away without firing. Under the circumstances General Paine was compelled to commence the fire with Mack's battery before the Fourth Wisconsin was called in, and most of the shelling was over their heads. Captain Mack now turned his artillery upon the Diana and the guns of the enemy ahead and on each side of the Teche. The firing was kept up for two hours without cessation. The whole were in easy range of his guns, the Diana and batteries on this side of the river not being more than eight hundred yards distant, while that on the opposite side to the left was about one thousand three hundred.

Four hundred rounds were fired, two caissons emptied, the Diana and batteries right and left silenced repeatedly, the gunboat finally steaming up the Teche, and never firing a shot this side of the breastworks afterward. Generals Banks, Emory, Paine, and their staffs, rode up and complimented Captain Mack and his command. This is the first time that this battery has been engaged, and the men under fire. The battery was raised in the city of Rochester, New-York, last September. Your country will thank you, Captain Mack, for you and your command acted gloriously.

While this battery was answering the enemy from every quarter, Colonel McMillan, of the Twenty-first regiment Indiana artillery, ordered Captain McLaflin, of company G, to take a section of thirty-pound rifled Parrots, place them in position on the bank, in easy range of the Diana, and open on her.

This was promptly done, twenty shot were fired, six of which are said to have struck her. The flag was shot away.

The first shell that was fired is reported to have passed through her iron plating and wheel-houses, killing both the engineers and three other persons. Six were afterward killed by two other shells.

A large number were scalded and wounded on board the Diana, as one of the shells passed through a portion of her steam works. In half an hour after the first shot was fired from these guns she steamed up-stream and disappeared. This was about ten minutes past three A. M. She never appeared to fight Mack's and McLaflin's guns afterward.

Before proceeding further with what occurred in General Paine's brigade I will state that at an early hour in the morning, (Monday, April thirteenth,) news reached General Banks that General Grover was in the rear of the enemy advancing on Franklin.

The lines of battle were advanced the same as on the day previous, except that the remainder of Colonel Gooding's brigade crossed the Teche and rejoined those who went over the day previous. The First Maine artillery, Lieutenant Healy commanding, accompanied it for the purpose of silencing the battery which was throwing grape and canister into General Paine's brigade.

Colonel Gooding's command crossed to the other side of the Teche on a bridge partly destroyed by the rebels (before mentioned as used for obstructing the bayou) and afterward repaired by us.

In the line of battle on the west bank Duryea's battery, of General Emory's division, took the place which Mack's battery occupied the day previous.

As the Diana was preparing to start up-stream to get out of range of our guns, a severe skirmish took place in the front of General Paine's brigade between company B, Fourth Wisconsin, Captain Carter, and company B, of the Twenty-eight Louisiana. The latter were driven off.

While this affair was going on, information was brought to General Paine that a regiment of the enemy's infantry had been landed in the woods and were advancing toward our right wing for the purpose of flanking it.

This circumstance, and the discovery that another force was passing down to the bank of the bayou out of the woods, led him to suppose that the enemy were massing troops in that direction, with the intention of suddenly descending upon Captain Mack's battery, for the purpose of capturing it.

To guard against this move, the right wing (Eighth New-Hampshire) was ordered in position on the bank of the bayou, slightly in advance of the right of the battery, with orders to protect it to the last, and charge upon any troops which might advance for that purpose.

This movement no doubt checked the enemy, who fell back with their main body, leaving, however, a large force of skirmishers, who opened a destructive fire. At thirty-five minutes past eleven o'clock these were also partially driven back and their tire slackened. Ours increasing, they too finally retreated behind the shelter of their earthworks. The fire on both sides was fierce and constant.

About this time every gun of the enemy's batteries was silenced also, and our firing ceased, leaving us in undisputed possession of the woods


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