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[197] and the Valverde and Nichols' batteries, invested Brashear City, a party of picked men, under the gallant Maj. Sherod Hunter, turning the works. Hunter reported that he charged the works on June 23d with 325 men, and after a fight in which he lost 3 killed and 18 wounded, and the enemy 86, the Federal force of 1,300 surrendered, with 11 cannon, 2,500 stand of small arms, and immense quantities of stores. Green then pushed on toward Bayou Boeuf, but before he could reach the place the Federal garrison, already invested by Major, surrendered, according to the report of Gen. Alfred Mouton, ‘to a scouting party under the command of General Green's daring scout, Leander McAnelly. The force consisted of 435 officers and men, with three siege guns, and one 12-pounder.’

A few days later General Green marched on the strong Federal post at Donaldsonville, with the regiments of W. P. Hardeman, D. W. Shannon and P. T. Herbert, of his brigade, and those of Lane, Stone and Phillips, of Major's, and Semmes' battery. The assault was made early on June 28th. Major Shannon, with the Fifth, made a circuit of the fort and under fire of artillery and gunboats pushed his way down the Mississippi levee and into the fort. Colonel Phillips, according to Green's report, ‘at the head of the column under Colonel Major, with most of his men and officers, made an entrance into the fort with Shannon. Colonel Herbert, with the Seventh, enveloped the ditch as directed. The fight was desperately contested on every part of the ground. Colonel Hardeman, with the Fourth Texas, being unable to control his guide, was delayed in his attack on the stockade on the Lafourche side until nearly daylight, but his casualties show with what determined courage that veteran regiment stood its ground after it came into action.’

After entering the stockade the men found a ditch that put a stop to their progress. ‘At this ditch the most desperate fight ensued between the commands of Shannon and Phillips and the enemy. Our men here used brickbats ’

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