On another occasion Sergeant Lincoln
and Privates Carter
were on picket duty on the Port Hudson Road
were fired on, their horses killed and Carter
He dragged himself through the woods to a house where he was put into a wagon and brought to camp.
was stripped of his equipments and let go.
The records during this period show that a soldier's life meant good hard work—even if fighting was not going on. Battery drill, gun drill, marching drill—all these filled the days and brought the battery to the highest degree of efficiency.
One drill consisted of flying movements, dismounting and mounting guns and carriages, slinging guns under the limber, etc., and was nicknamed by the boys ‘break-neck drill.’
Accidents were rare, however.
invented new signals for the use of his men so that the enemy might not know what orders were being given.
's Birthday was observed by a grand artillery review by Captain Closson
, chief of artillery
, and by raising a large flag across the camp ground.
The most important duty entrusted to General Banks
at this time was an advance up the Mississippi
against Port Hudson
, cooperating with Grant
in his movement against Vicksburg
Bank's force, however, was not strong enough to carry the works and he therefore turned his attention to reducing the fortification by other means.
drew its supplies mainly from Western Louisiana
by way of the Red River
If this river could be reached and held, these supplies could be cut off and communication could be opened with Grant
The Confederates held Alexandria
as their chief point of defense but they extended their outposts as far as the railroad from New Orleans to Brashear City
Another earthwork known as Fort Bisland
was on the Bayou Teche