sent to Carrollton
, and then to Baton Rouge
, where it was attached to the First Brigade, Colonel Chapin
commanding, and Auger
March 14.—The regiment participated in the feigned advance of General Banks
's forces on Port Hudson
, and, in the retreat, was left at Bayou Monticeno, to hold the bridge until all the baggage-trains had passed over.
It shortly after returned to Baton Rouge
, and for some time had no active duty, except in doing guard duty to baggage-trains, and provost-guard duty in Baton Rouge
About the middle of May, it advanced with General Auer
's division towards Port Hudson
; and, on the 21st, it participated in the battle of Plains Store, and won General Auger
's commendation, and especially distinguished itself by its steadiness under fire, and by its promptness in re-forming its lines when broken by the hasty retreat of another regiment.
In this affair only five of the regiment were wounded.
Among them was Lieutenant Tucker
, commanding the brigade, who lost his leg.
May 27.—It participated in the first assault upon Port Hudson
, in which it lost seventy-six killed and wounded, being one-third of the regiment engaged; three companies having been on special service.
It lost, in this assault, as large a proportion as any other regiment, and established its reputation for cool and steady bravery.
The brave and intrepid Colonel Bartlett
was unfortunately shot through the wrist and heel early in the engagement, while leading the regiment to the assault on horseback.
He had previously lost a leg in Virginia
were killed while gallantly cheering on their men. Eleven of the eighteen officers with the regiment were wounded.
The command of the regiment devolved on Major Plunkett
, after the wounding of his superior officers, and continued under his command during the remainder of its term of service,—a command which he held with great credit to himself, and honor to the regiment.
On the 14th of June, it made, with the rest of Auger
's division, a feigned assault upon the rebel works, and lost eighteen