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[546] our own men. The surgeons in General Grover's division have been highly complimented for their skill and humanity on that occasion, as well to friend as foe.

The rebels engaged, as near as we could learn, consisted of Sibley's brigade, (nearly all Texans, and one Arkansas regiment,) the Eighteenth and Twenty-eighth Louisiana, and a battalion of Texas cavalry, nearly eight hundred strong. Their artillery consisted of four pieces. Most of the prisoners taken on this field are Texans and Twenty-eighth Louisiana troops.

At just about the time the enemy showed symptoms of giving way, the gunboat Diana appeared at a point in the river where she could shell any part of the field with her large guns. Against this new and formidable enemy, a force of sharp-shooters from the Twelfth Maine, of the Second brigade, and a section of artillery, were sent. The land forces retreated at about nine o'clock, when the engagement with the Diana began. After a three hours fight, the gunboat was set on fire by a shell and soon after blew up.

Immediately after the destruction of the Diana, which was about twelve o'clock, General Weitzel's brigade came up, a junction formed, and the whole corps bivouacked on the battle-field. The killed and wounded on both sides were then attended to. The only regiments who lost any men were: The First Louisiana infantry, about fifteen or twenty; the One Hundred and Fifty-ninth New-York, one hundred and twenty, including Lieutenant-Colonel Draper, the Adjutant and other officers killed, Colonel Molineaux and several others wounded ; the Thirteenth Connecticut, sixty; Twenty-Fifth Connecticut, seventy; Twenty-sixth Maine, seventy; and the Ninety-first New-York, ten--making altogether about three hundred and fifty in killed and wounded, many of the latter having since recovered. The rebel killed and wounded were fully equal to this besides the prisoners, which, in addition to the five hundred mentioned above, were continually being brought in.

The fact that many of our men received bayonet wounds, is an evidence of the desperate nature of the contest.


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