cavalry was with Wheeler
, on the east of the river, toward noon on the 31st was called on to send help to General Polk
, whose right was yet unsuccessful.
crossed with his brigade, and was at once thrown forward against a battery on a hill in front.
The two battalions of the brigade, led by Colonels Gibson
, advanced gallantly to do the work too heavy for Chalmers
to complete, but met the same terrible artillery fire that had shattered Chalmers
, and musketry from both flanks, and after an hour's noble struggle was compelled to give way. The whole Federal army was packed in columns behind the position Adams
was sent to attack in front.
It was here that Col. Stuart W. Fisk
, of the consolidated Sixteenth, was killed while bravely leading a desperate charge.
had gone out in the Crescent Rifles
—the first command to leave the city, May 15, 1861—and had been on the Peninsula
His death was a serious blow to our Louisiana
contingent in Tennessee
He was a gallant officer, who in danger possessed that coolness which, while it attracts peril, minimizes it. Devoted to his men, he was by them fully trusted and deeply regretted.
The loss was very heavy.
's regiment had 457 men, and 217 were put hors de combat.
Among the killed of the brigade were Lieuts. Charles J. Hepburn
, R. O. Smith
, H. Gregory
, A. Ranlett
, and T. L. McLean
, and among the wounded General Adams
and his adjutant, Capt. Emile P. Guillet
, and Lieuts. J. M. Clayton
, Louis Stagg
, and W. L. Sibley
. Capt. M. O. Tracy
, acting major
's regiment, distinguished at Shiloh
, lost a leg. Capt. Thomas W. Peyton
, of the sharpshooters, was severely wounded.
These and Colonel Gibson
, Maj. Charles Guillet
, Maj. F. C. Zacharie
, Adjt. H. H. Bein
, Capt. T. M. Ryan
, Color-bearer Roger Tammure
, and Sergt.-Maj. John Farrell
, Lieuts. W. Q. Lowd
, A. P. Martin
, S. R. Garrett
and C. F. McCarty
, and Adjt. A. O'Duhigg
, were mentioned for soldierly