, looking at the unequal fight from the redoubt where he had stationed himself, ordered to Bagby
's support Captain Beraud
and his company of Fournet
The remainder of the battalion he directed to the right of the main line, where a severe demonstration, still more formidable in numbers, came up with three regiments.
This seemed to be simultaneous with a strong movement on the west bank.
The conflict with Bagby
progressing more viciously, Mouton
ordered forward the entire left wing of the Eighteenth regiment.
The enemy still stubbornly pressed his masses forward.
This was met with another reinforcement of 60 men of Waller
's battalion, under Major Boone
These advanced steadily into the hottest of the engagement.
It was a crucial hour, crowded with valorous minutes and devoted seconds.
With two regiments in the center, flanked by three regiments on the right, the enemy pushed forward until the night, when they were checked within 800 yards of the parapet.
On both sides of Bayou Teche
, batteries were now spitting fire and shells.
This fire was made the more harassing by the enemy's skirmishers and sharpshooters, who vexed Faries
with a continuous shower of minie balls.
Sharpshooters, getting within 400 yards of the Southern
line, had detected the hastily thrown up breastworks.
These were so low as to protect neither the ‘Pelicans’ nor their horses.
One of Faries
' guns was lost at this point.
The defenders, looking before them, saw in the twilight a movement, and passed the word: ‘They are going to storm our line.’
Then each man fixed his bayonet, testing it to make sure that there was no weakness in the steel, and thus the whole line prepared to defend, in hand-to-hand conflict, the possession of the intrenchments.
Superiority of numbers, crowding on the line, would have borne the brave defenders down by mere weight of men, but the attempt to storm was not made!
Nothing proved more conclusively the enemy's sense of