leader, to withdraw his forces.
Preparations were immediately made for the defense of the city; all public buildings were burned and trees cut down that might interfere with the range of the guns.
The men of the battery lay by their guns all night, but the next morning it was found that the enemy had retreated, burning their bridges behind them.
A few days later Breckenridge
marched his troops to Port Hudson
, thirty miles above and began there the construction of heavy batteries.
Soon after the Union
forces left Baton Rouge
, and on August 21 the entire command left for New Orleans.
The battery first camped at Carrollton
but changed the next day to Materia Ridge where it joined the brigade under Colonel Dudley
consisting of 30th Massachusetts, 4th Wisconsin, 21st Indiana, 6th Michigan, 7th Vermont, 14th Maine, 9th Connecticut, 2d, 4th and 6th Massachusetts batteries and 21st Indiana Battery.
The location did not prove healthful, however, and a week later camp was once more changed to Tivoli Circle, New Orleans.
On August 22 Privates Lombard
died at St. James Hospital.
Indeed, sickness followed the battery and in every record we read: ‘Have been in hospital two weeks.’
‘Came to hospital to-day.’
‘Two more men on the sick list.’
In the month of October eleven members, some of whom had been in the hospital for weeks were discharged and came home.
During the stay in New Orleans, however, the men began to regain their health.
The time from August to December was spent largely in drilling, a parade and some form of drill constituting a part of each day's duty.
Inspection of men and quarters was common and some will doubtless remember an acting inspector general who ordered Corporal——to get his hair cut, much to the amusement of the boys as said corporal wore a wig. On Thanksgiving Day some of the men fought off