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[61] infantries and 6th Battery also suffering losses, the list including Capt. Samuel Gault of the 38th and Lieut. G. G. Nutting of the 53d. The corps flag of the 19th Corps—blue with a white star and the figures in red—was carried for the first time in this engagement.

Lieutenant-Colonel Rodman (38th Mass.) mentioned ‘a case of marked coolness and gallantry on the part of Private Patrick Smith (Co. D, 38th Mass.), who, coming suddenly upon three rebels in the wood upon the right, shot one of them and compelled the other two to surrender, and brought them both in as prisoners.’1

About this same time, Lieut. Chas. S. Sargent, volunteer aide-de-camp to General Banks, went to communicate with Admiral Farragut and found Admiral Porter at the mouth of Red River. He brought the report that Porter had captured Grand Gulf and Grant had begun his victorious march on Vicksburg.2 Capt. Howard Dwight, assistant adjutant-general at the headquarters of General Banks, was shot and killed by guerillas at Bayou Boeuf, May 4, 1863, after having surrendered while riding to the front. His brother, Brig.-Gen. Wm. Dwight, Jr., was ordered by General Banks to arrest one hundred white persons in the vicinity and send them to New Orleans, to be confined as hostages for the arrest of the assassins.3 There were not so many white men in that whole region, and the offenders were never brought to justice, though the act was disavowed and condemned by the Confederate officers. Another brother, Maj. Wilder Dwight, had already fallen at Antietam.

In the siege of Port Hudson, Colonel Chickering (41st Mass. Infantry) marched, May 21, from Barreas Landing with a force consisting of his own regiment,—now mounted as cavalry on prairie horses,—the 52d Mass. Infantry, four Maine and New York regiments and a section of the 2d Mass. Battery under Lieutenant Snow. His column was to cover in the march ‘the long train that stretched for eight miles over the prairies, with a motley band of five thousand negroes, two thousand horses and fifteen hundred beeves for a cumbrous accompaniment. With the possible exception of the herd that set out to follow Sherman's march through Georgia, this was perhaps the most curious column ever put into motion ’

1 Colonel Gooding's report, Official War Records, XV, 348.

2 Official War Records, XV, 311. Irwin, p. 144. (This is the present professor of horticulture in Harvard University.)

3 Official War Records, XV, 312, 1119. Irwin, pp. 145, 146.

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