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[39] who were driven in from the front, they mistaking us for rebels. They also reported us to the gunboat Essex as rebels, and she commenced shelling our lines. The rebels were forced back a mile and a half.

Putnam's Record of the Rebellion, Vol. 5, p. 307.

In General Butler's General Orders we find the following eulogy of General Williams: ‘A gallant general, an accomplished officer, a pure patriot and victorious hero and a devoted Christian. In choosing his position for the battle he gave up the vantage of the cover of the houses of the city, forming his lines in the open field lest the women and children of his enemies suffer in the fight.’

In another report1 honorable mention is made of Sergeant Cheever, Privates Tyler and Clogston for the skill and bravery with which they worked one of the guns when almost in the hands of the enemy, they having left sick beds in order to do their duty.

The courage and steadfastness of the Union troops is all the more remarkable when we remember that as Weitzel says: ‘None of our men had been in battle and few had been under fire. The entire Union loss in this battle was reported as 77 killed and 240 wounded. Of this number the battery lost four wounded, one detailed from the 9th Connecticut receiving a mortal wound, and one man was captured.’

When the conflict was over, General Butler said: ‘Nims' Battery saved the day,’ and Breckenridge himself was heard to remark: ‘If it had not been for that Light Artillery in front, I would have taken the place, I charged it three times, but was knocked back every time.’ Boston Journal.

Breckenridge had made a speech to his men early that morning promising them to have his band playing in the state house by nine o'clock.

It was expected that another attempt might be made to regain Baton Rouge, as a few days after the battle a flag of truce came in from the Confederates ordering General Paine,

1 off. Rec., Vol. 15, p. 46.

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