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[44] of the staff, under your personal direction and supervision, collected all the guns of three or four batteries along the position referred to, on the crest of the hills overlooking the field, and when I returned to rejoin you, after an unsuccessful attempt to forward the men referred to, I found the enemy, being unable to withstand the destructive cannonade which you had directed against them, had fallen back rapidly through the field over the hills beyond, where, finding themselves cut off by portions of our division, and being threatened on the flank by General Polk, they threw down their arms.

I have no doubt, had they been reasonably reinforced when they had checked our advancing troops, they could certainly have broken our lines had not you concentrated all the artillery you could obtain at that point, which was weakest. Even then I feared serious demonstrations would be made before sufficient infantry could be obtained to support the artillery, which alone was then stemming the tide hurled against us. No one who observed the effects of that firing could but be argeeably surprised at its result.

I have the honor to remain, respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. D. Sandidge, C. S. A., Captain and A. I. G., First District, Department M. and E. La. Official: R. M. Hooe, A. A. G.

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