“  up.” When all was ready, the section moved out giving the rest of the battery the “grand sneak” as it were. Lieutenant Marland was in command I think. Well, we arrived at a certain point on the road and having passed through the woods were ordered to halt, unlimber and go into battery. Said the lieutenant to the guide: “Where is Port Hudson?” “Right ober dar,” was the reply. “Which way is that?” “Right ober dat away.” “How far is it?” “Oh right smart aways. I done walk plumb down to de ribber from break o'day to sun-up.” The gunners elevated the pieces and each fired a few shots, after which all was still and dark as before. The only loud words spoken were the lieutenant's when he shouted: “How do you like that.” Echo answered, “Where are we at?” Then we limbered up, thinking of our tents and stole away back to camp and turned in. In the morning orders to hitch up were received and the column was soon on the march to Baton Rouge. So we claim that Nims' Battery fired the first shot at Port Hudson.Meanwhile Farragut advanced with his fleet amid a perfect deluge of shot and shell. Two of his ships, the Hartford and the Albatross were able to pass the batteries, but all the others were sunk or disabled. Although so many met with disaster, Farragut's purpose was fully accomplished, for the Red River route was hence forward completely blockaded —a most important object at that time. As the object of Banks' land expedition had been solely for the purpose of making a demonstration while the fleet was en route he immediately returned with his forces to Baton Rouge. He himself went on to New Orleans, leaving orders that another attempt be made to resume the movement to Brashear City. Accordingly, on the 27th of March the command was taken by transport Laurel Hill to Donaldsonville, whence it marched over-land to Brashear City, the trip beginning the 31st and ending
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