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[544] direct line, and rolled harmlessly at their horses' feet.

A young rebel, about eighteen years of age, belonging to the Eighteenth Louisiana, was about sundown shot through the stomach and taken prisoner. He asked Lieutenant Bailey for a drink of water. When given to him he thanked him very kindly, prayed that God would bless and prosper him. He said that he would never have fought against the Stars and Stripes, but he was forced to do so, and frankly admitted that the South was in the wrong. He said: “This is a dying man's last word.” It was even so, for in a few minutes he expired.

One of the first questions the rebels asked our men after they were captured was: “What kind of guns have you got? Why, they will carry a mile! We never saw such firing.” One asked: “Are all your men sharp-shooters?” Another said: “If we looked over our breastworks, got behind trees or into ditches, we were shot, and I believe that if I had put my hand up I could have caught a handful of bullets.” Patrick Fitzgerald, of company H, Fourth Wisconsin, and orderly to General Paine, accompanied the latter over the field and in every fight. He was on horseback during the whole time of the fighting, and was the one nearest the Diana when the first shell struck her. Finding that his riding about the field drew the fire of the enemy in that direction, General Paine ordered him to dismount. The order was scarcely obeyed, and the last foot out of the stirrup, when a shell, which had been heard for some seconds humming toward them, passed within three feet of the two soldiers and cut away the top of the saddle. Patrick is only seventeen years of age.

Those wounded in the battle of Fort Beasland on Sunday and Monday, were placed in hospitals by the side of the road, about a mile and a half from the battle-field. The following surgeons were in charge, and nobly did their duty:

Post hospital No. 1, Emory's division.--Dr. W. B. Eager, Jr., in charge; Drs. W. H. Hozier and E. C. Clark, assistants.

Post hospital No. 2, Emory's division.--Dr. Robert Watts, Jr., in charge; Drs. Ward and Smith, assistants.

Post hospital No. 1, Weitzel's brigade.--Dr. M. D. Benedict, Medical Director of the brigade, Chief Surgeon, Dr. George Benedict, Assistant.



New-Orleans Era account.

New-Orleans, April 29.
We have not until to-day been able to obtain a full account from an eye-witness of the important part taken by General Grover's division in the severe struggle of the thirteenth and fourteenth instant.

The fight took place near Irish or Indian Bend, between the Teche and Grand Lake, on the morning of the thirteenth, and culminated in the retreat of the enemy, and the destruction of the Diana on the fourteenth.

From several participants in the fight we are now enabled to relate the facts as they occurred in some detail.

On the morning of the thirteenth instant, at daylight, General Grover's division, comprising three brigades, arrived at Indian (sometimes called Irish) Bend, on Grand Lake, and prepared to land. Lieutenant-Colonel Fisk, of the First Louisiana infantry, was the first to land, with two companies from his regiment, one of which he employed as skirmishers, and the other he kept in reserve. The spot chosen for the disembarkation was a plain or clearing, of a semi-circular shape, about three quarters of a mile in diameter, through which ran a road to the woods, at a right angle from the lake. Lieutenant-Colonel Fisk followed this road toward the woods, and when within a short distance, discovered the enemy, afterward ascertained to be about three hundred strong. These were undoubtedly the force designed to act as sharp-shooters on the Queen of the West. As we have already published, from the Opelousas Courier,, this force of three hundred sharp-shooters was cut off by General Grover's forces, and it is thought they had subsequently been used as skirmishers for the land force. They had two pieces of artillery, from which they opened a brisk fire on Lieutenant Colonel-Fisk's two companies. The fire was returned by our men, and the skirmishing between those forces lasted for about three quarters of an hour; when Colonel Holcomb arrived at the head of five more companies of the same regiment, and made a rapid charge into the woods where the enemy was concealed. Lieutenant-Colonel Fisk was wounded in the preliminary skirmish, and lost about fifteen men. He was struck in the calf of the leg, and soon becoming exhausted from loss of blood, was compelled to go to the rear, and mount a cart which he found there, upon which he followed up with the pursuit, which succeeded the arrival of Colonel Holcomb.

The strip of woods here was about a mile in width, and the three hundred retreated across it closely pursued by Colonel Holcomb, until they formed a junction with the man body of the rebels who were advantageously posted around and behind a sugar-house on a large plantation. Following closely after Colonel Holcomb, came Lieutenant-Colonel Warner with the Thirteenth Connecticut, Colonel Molineaux, with the One Hundred and Fifty-ninth New-York, and Lieutenant-Colonel Cassidy with the Sixth New-York. Brigadier-General Dwight of the First brigade, was with this force, and of course in command.

The enemy, as before stated, was posted upon an open field, near the sugar-house, and consisted, as near as could be ascertained, of a considerable force of infantry, four well-handled pieces of artillery and about eight hundred Texas cavalry.

General Dwight formed his line of battle, under cover of the woods, with the Thirteenth Connecticut on his right, where he held the enemy in check without artillery for about an hour, when General Grover arrived with Closson's battery of six pieces. An artillery duel was now opened, which was of a very spirited nature, but without much loss of life on either side, and resulting in the retreat of the enemy. Pursuit was made,


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