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It is to be noted that the storming column had been organized into two battalions, one of ten and one of eight companies, each with captain and lieutenants and about fifty men. The senior and junior majors of the 1st battalion were Massachusetts officers, Capts. E. P. Hollister and S. D. Hovey (both of 31st Mass. Infantry). The commander of the 6th company, 1st battalion, was Lieut. L. C. Howell, adjutant of the 31st Mass. Infantry; while the 10th company was commanded by Capt. E. A. Fiske (30th Mass. Infantry), and had three Massachusetts lieutenants, N. K. Reed and T. B. Johnston (30th Mass.), with James Stewart (31st Mass.). In the 2d battalion, the 7th company was commanded by Capt. Francis E. Boyd; and had for lieutenants, W. T. Hodges, D. P. Muzzey and C. W. C. Rhoades,—all four of the 3d Mass. Cavalry.1 All these, though not actually called into service, are as much entitled to honor as if they had been; and it is to be deeply regretted that we have not an equally complete list of the smaller storming party of the first attack, who fought or fell with the brave O'Brien.

At La Fourche Crossing (June 21, 1863) Lieut.-Col. Albert Stickney (47th Mass.), whom Irwin terms ‘a very intelligent and spirited young officer,’ and who had been for these qualities put in command of the district, met and defeated a Confederate attack with a small force made up of the troops of seven different States, including fragments of the 26th and 42d Mass. Infantry. In the battle of Franklin, during the siege of Vicksburg (July 9, 1863), the 29th, 35th and 36th Mass. were engaged, the 35th making a dash into the town and planting its flag upon the courthouse. In that campaign fell Capt. Ezra Ripley of the 29th, who died of exhaustion and overwork.2 The engineering operations, both at Port Hudson and Vicksburg, were largely under the direction of Massachusetts officers,—Capt. John C. Palfrey in the former case and Maj. Cyrus B. Comstock in the latter.

In the ill-fated and objectless battle of Cox's plantation, or Bayou La Fourche, July 13, 1863, Colonel Dudley (30th Mass.) was sent out with two sections of the 6th Mass. Battery (Carruth's) along the right bank of a bayou, supported by Gen. Charles J. Paine. Col. J. S. Morgan, moving on the other side of the bayou, was surprised and driven back by the Confederate

1 Irwin does not include this list, which is issued on a separate sheet by the Forlorn Hope Association.

2 See his memoir in Harvard Memorial Biographies, I, 107.

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