and T. W. Sherman
, while the Confederate
garrison was under Gen. Frank T. Gardner
The following extracts will show how the battery was engaged for the next few weeks.
Arrived at Bayou Sara
at 3 A. M. Marched 13 miles toward Port Hudson
. General Grover
's division took first line of rifle pits.
Army then formed around Port Hudson
with Generals Weitzel
on right, General Grover
and Colonel Dudley
in center and Generals Auger
and T. W. Sherman
on the left.
The artillery brigade under command of General Arnold
Battery ordered to relieve Battery L at the front.
At noon both sections fell back a half mile and went into camp to rest the horses, they having been in harness four days and four nights.
was informed that the Confederates
were withdrawing from the post and accordingly orders were given for a general assault.
On the morning of May 27 the artillery opened upon the garrison, and continued firing all day. The infantry and navy joined in the attack.
One section of the battery advanced to within 700 yards of the enemy's works and silenced two of their guns, but were in turn silenced by the enemy.
The whole assault was a disastrous failure, the Union
lose being 293 killed and 1549 wounded. The nezt morning under a flag of truce there was a cessation of hostilities until afternoon in order to take away the dead and wounded.
‘During this intermission of hostilities the better part of our natures asserted itself, the Blue
and the Grey mingled, and over the works they exchanged coffee, tobacco, bread and even souvenirs, and asked information of each other: as the time drew near for the opening of hostilities we parted as friends, cautioning each other to lie low and so escape each other's bullets.
As I saw all this I felt that God must have a long hard lesson for us to learn that it was ’