March 13, 1863.—The regiment made a reconnoissance in the direction of Port Hudson
, marching up under the guns of the rebel fortifications, a mile and a half in advance of other regiments, in a manner satisfactory to the brigade and division commanders.
Having marched with Grover
's division to Brashear City
, it landed at Indian Bend
, on Grand Lake
, on the 13th of April; the advance meeting and driving before it a small force of the enemy.
Encamped on Madam Porter
On the 15th, it started in pursuit of the enemy, marching to New Iberia in two days.
From the 26th of April to the 21st of May, the regiment was employed at Barre's Landing
in collecting and guarding corn, cotton, sugar, and molasses, guarding negroes, and loading and unloading boats at the landing.
On the 19th of May, having been rejoined by the four companies left on provost duty at New Iberia, it commenced a return march to Brashear City
, forming a portion of an escort for a five-mile negro and supply train.
Having marched sixty-nine miles, in passing through Franklin
on the 25th, it was attacked in the rear by the advance of a large rebel force under General Mouton
The attack having been repelled without any loss to this regiment, the march was resumed, and continued during the night, making a distance of forty miles during the twenty-four hours, Brashear City
being reached the following day.
On the 28th, the regiment was moved by rail to Algiers
, and by steamer to Springfield Landing.
The march above described was a most severe and exhausting one to the men, performed mainly during the heat of the day. From the 5th to the 8th of June, it marched to Clinton
, twenty-seven miles, as a part of a column to disperse a large force of rebels there, which was accomplished without fighting; but was very severe, from the extreme heat and dust, and the rapidity with which it was performed.
On the day of the assault upon Port Hudson
, June 14, it was at first assigned a place in the assaulting column under General Weitzel
; but, during the fight, was ordered to deploy for