No fighting was done by the forces thus unexpectedly facing each other in battle line.
, although gallantly contested, proved to be a Confederate reverse.
The odds, through heavy reinforcements coming in toward the end, proved too much for our thin line.
Our loss at Labadieville
was in killed, 5; wounded, 8; missing, 186.
refers to the regretted death of Col. G. P. McPheeters
, commanding the Crescent
, a distinguished lawyer in peace, had in war
won his stars
On that field of Mars,
Where the glorious Johnston fell.
At mid-day on the 27th, Mouton
had given orders to Major Sanders
, to send over the train to get Col. T. E. Vick
's command, consisting of the Lafourche militia, about 500 strong, and a detachment from the Thirty-third, with instructions to save everything he could and to destroy everything he could not save.
This was a matter of precaution.
Simultaneous movements, he had learned, would be made by the enemy via Donaldsonville
, Des Allemands and Berwick bay
With a force sufficient to oppose the enemy at all points, he foresaw the necessity of abandoning Des Allemands, in order better to concentrate his forces at Berwick bay
, after destroying the Des Allemands station
and burning the bridge, marched to join the main army.
A roadbed is wearisome walking.
's militia found it so hard that they did not rejoin Mouton
until 3 p. m. on the 28th.
's men, it must be added, were principally conscripts.
Speaking of them, General Mouton
says: ‘On the retreat, I am sorry to say, many of the conscripts attached to Colonel Vick
's command lagged behind.’
‘My object,’ Mouton
continued, ‘could I have united my force, was to make a desperate resistance and to drive the enemy back, if possible; but when ’