The brigade remained under arms on the extreme left of the battle-line until Sunday, May 3d, at sunrise, so incessant were the threats of attack.
In a sharp engagement at a very early hour, with a very large force of the enemy pressing forward, the brigade hotly contested the ground until, by ill fortune, its ammunition gave out. Still later in the day the brigade was again engaged with the enemy's batteries, strongly massed and supported by other masses of infantry, in which it lost some 50 men. Colonel Williams
had discharged the duties of brigadier-general with a zeal and gallantry worthy of remembrance.
The loss of his command was 73 killed and 390 wounded.
In this valorous brigade the First Louisiana infantry was commanded by Capt. E. D. Willett
; the Second, by Lieut.-Col. R. E. Burke
; the Tenth, by Lieut.-Col. John M. Leggett
; the Fourteenth, by Lieut.-Col. David Zable
; and the Fifteenth, by Capt. W. C. Michie
It was while the Tenth Louisiana was exposed to a heavy storm of grape and shell that Lieut.-Col. John M. Leggett
, an officer of signal merit, was instantly killed by a shell, after which Capt. A. Perrodin
The Second regiment, in very gallant style under a galling fire, drove the Federal General Tyler
's brigade from its position, capturing a colonel and several officers of the command.
Capt. C. Thomas
, of the Guard artillery, with a section of rifle guns, was placed near the Plank
road, opposite to the enemy's works, under Major McIntosh
With an enfilading fire the Guard succeeded in dislodging the enemy from his works.
After this the battery directed its fire upon a dense column in front of Chancellor's house, soon breaking and dispersing it. This column was said to be Meagher
, with all its glory, bore one broad stream of crape for the mighty soldier who had planned it. His plan, triumphing in the rout of the enemy's