privates, killed and wounded.
But eight companies were engaged, two being on detached service.
On the 15th, it marched with the division in pursuit of the retreating enemy, with an occasional skirmish, and reached Opelousas
on the 20th, where it remained a fortnight, employed in drill and picket duty.
May 24.—The army having moved towards Port Hudson
, the Fifty-third was detailed as guard for the engineer corps, and led the column.
Encountering the enemy's skirmishers, the regiment was immediately moved forward; three companies, thrown out as skirmishers, soon became engaged with the enemy, and succeeded in driving them back, so that the engineer corps could proceed in its labors.
May 27.—The day of the general attack upon Port Hudson
, the regiment was ordered forward, and was soon under fire of shot and shell.
It moved to the front to support a battery, and to the front line of skirmishers.
It lost at this time thirty killed and wounded.
May 28.—It joined the brigade, and remained until June 1, engaged in picket duty, and fortifying the position; it was then ordered to occupy riflepits at the front, and sustained a loss of five men, killed and wounded.
June 5.—It marched as a part of the expedition to Clinton
, which occupied four days, and resulted in driving the enemy from that locality.
On the 13th, it was ordered to join in the assault upon the fortifications at Port Hudson
This assault cost the regiment heavily.
Of the three hundred officers and men (being but eight companies) who went in, seven officers and seventy-nine men were killed and wounded.
On the 19th of June, the Fifty-third was ordered to the front in support of a battery, where it remained till the surrender of Port Hudson
, July 9.
It was then ordered on picket duty five miles from Port Hudson
, when it marched with the brigade to Baton Rouge
On the 15th, it embarked for Donaldsville and remained in camp, engaged in drill and picket duty until Aug. 2, when it returned to Baton Rouge
, and, on the 12th, was ordered to Massachusetts
, via Cairo
It arrived at Cairo
Aug. 19, and at Fitchburg, Mass.
, the 24th, where, after a public