a Texas cavalry brigade.
On the west Mouton
, under orders, had collected 53 small craft near the mouth of the Teche, capable of transporting 300 troops across the Atchafalaya
Detachments for these boats were drawn from Vincent
's Louisianians, under Major Blair
, and from Green
's Texans, all under Maj. Sherod Hunter
With such resources the attack on Berwick
was made a success.
was ordered to reach the Boeuf
punctually on the morning of June 23d, as Taylor
himself would be attacking Berwick
A gunboat lay in the bay protecting Berwick
During the night Green
had, in absolute silence, stationed a battery opposite the gunboat and the railroad station.
At dawn, the battery awoke the gunboat, speedily driving her off. The sound of the firing was a veritable surprise to the men behind the earthworks, whence they attempted in nervous haste to serve the heavy guns against the Confederates
Just then, a shot rang out in the rear.
was on time, coming with his 300.
Smoke was rising at the station.
saw at once that a train of three engines with many cars was escaping in the dim dawn to carry news to Boeuf.
A nod, and Green
was on the road, galloping after the runaway.
He soon came up with the train, finding it stopped by Major
—also on time—in possession of both train and bridge.
An excellent type of success, built on punctuality, had been the attack, main and rear.
, starting from points more than 100 miles apart, had converged to meet at Boeuf.
, trying both, had been aided by both.
The ride of the one and the march of the other had been through a region largely in possession of the enemy, who had heard nothing of either.
fell into Taylor
's hands, with a large amount of stores of vast importance—twelve guns, 32 “S and 24” S, among which were our old friends from Bisland
; 1,300 prisoners; over 5,000 new rifles and accouterments; and great quantities of quartermaster and