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[717] for water, were thrown into utter confusion, and all attempts to rally them were fruitless. From this time no more fighting was done by our brigade.

I would not close this report without mentioning among the names of those among my officers who were conspicuous for gallantry on the field, Lieutenant Corkern, who was in command of Company B; Lieutenant Jeter, Company F; Sergeant-Major Daniels, and Adjutant Clark. I hear of others who distinguished themselves, but only these came under my especial observation.

Respectfully submitted,

S. E. Hunter, Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding Fourth Louisiana.


Report of Lieutenant-Colonel Tom Shields.

in the field, August 7, 1862.
Lieutenant L. D. Sandidge, C. S. A., A. A. A. and Inspector-General:
Sir: For the information of Brigadier-General Ruggles, commanding Second division, I beg leave to make the following report of the operations of the detachment under my command, in the battle of Baton Rouge:

In obedience to orders, I proceeded, with a section of Semmes' Confederate States artillery, under command of T. K. Fauntleroy, two companies of infantry (company E, Sumter Thirtieth Louisiana regiment, Captain Roger T. Boyle, and Beaver Creek rifles, Captain Amicker), and one company of mounted partisan rangers, Captain Beckham, the whole numbering about one hundred and fifty, rank and file, at about four and a half P. M., the fourth inst., to take position on the Clinton plank road, there to engage the enemy, supposed to be posted, with a battery of artillery, at the junction of that and the Bayou Sara road. After a fatiguing night's march, we reached that desired point just at dawn of day of fifth inst., prepared to execute orders at the given signal — the firing of small arms by the main body on my left. Exactly at four and a half A. M., the sound of musketry being distinctly audible, I ordered the advance, at double-quick, of the entire command, having previously dismounted the rangers, with a view to greater efficiency. The enemy's pickets fled precipitately at our approach, leaving accoutrements and equipments hanging to the posts and walls of the house where they were stationed, and on the trees immediately around it, and sought shelter in the woods to the right of the Bayou Sara road, gaining which they fired one feeble volley, but immediately retreated in confusion in the direction of the arsenal. The infantry was now posted in a corn-field on the right of a street leading to a Federal camp, with instructions to advance closely in support of the artillery, which was placed at the same time in raking position at the head of the same street. The enemy here appeared in force, two regiments of infantry disputing our further advance. The artillery opening obliquely on the camp, enabled us, by its well-directed fire, to advance within two hundred and fifty feet of the camps of the Fourteenth Maine regiment (judged to be so by papers, etc., found subsequently in the tents); again opening a rapid fire of artillery in the direction of this camp, we maintained our position until the infantry, suffering before the overwhelming numbers of the enemy, were compelled to fall back, and some four horses of the section becoming unmanageable and unserviceable from wounds received, I consented to the withdrawal of the section to the junction of the roads above mentioned, there to await reinforcements from the main body, then seen to be advancing in our direction. In this new position we were unfortunately taken for the enemy, and fired upon, but luckily without casualty of any kind. Disengaging the disabled horses, and supplying their places with others, the section was again placed in position, where it was kept until the termination of the engagement. The infantry force under my command was attached, by order, to the Twenty-second Mississippi regiment on the arrival of that regiment in the field, leaving me with the artillery, where I remained until relieved by one of the staff of Major-General Breckinridge, upon the withdrawal of the army. I cannot speak too highly of the conduct of the men of the command, artillery and infantry, and beg to commend to favorable notice the officers of company E, Sumter regiment (Thirtieth Louisiana), Captain Boyle, Lieutenant H. C. Wright, D. C. Byerly, and William B. Chippendall, for gallant behavior. To Lieutenant T. K. Fauntleroy, commanding section of artillery, I am indebted for valuable services; his conduct throughout being marked with coolness and decision, and worthy of the highest praise. His artillery, as efficient as it was, would have been more so but for the inferiority of the friction primers, nine out of ten of which proving worthless, rendering the working of the pieces, at times, difficult and unsatisfactory. Of the casualties, I have to mention the following: In the Beaver Creek Rifles, Lieutenant Amicker, severely wounded in the shoulder; Sergeant Wilson, wounded in the hand, slightly; private J. L. Perryman, in the back, dangerously. In Fauntleroy's section of artillery, Sergeant Bellum, severely wounded, and four horses killed. In conclusion, I have to state that my object was to obey to the letter instructions received, and every effort was made on my part to that end, and but for the inadequacy of my force, I believe more important results could have been obtained. I hope what we have been able to accomplish may meet the approval of the General commanding.

Respectfully submitted.

Tom Shields. Lieutenant-Colonel, Sumter Thirtieth Louisiana regiment, commanding detachment.


Report of Colonel J. H. Robertson.

headquarters Thirty-Fifth Ala. Vols. Camp on Comite River, La., August 8, 1862.
Captain L. D. Sandidge, A. A. A. General Second Division:
I have the honor to make the following report


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