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[200] cavalry, Col. H. C. McNeill; Seventh cavalry, Lieut.-Col. P. T. Herbert; Waller's battalion, Capt. W. A. McDade; section Daniel's battery, Lieut. S. M. Hamilton. The infantry was under command of Colonel Roberts, and constituted the right wing of the battle line; Major's brigade was on the right, and Bagby's in the center. Roberts began the attack and pushed steadily forward under a terrific fire of artillery and musketry; the cavalry under Major charged on the right, and ‘Colonel Bagby with Herbert's regiment and Waller's battalion, mounted, and Hardeman's and McNeill's regiments, dismounted, charged them in front, the cavalry making, on a partially concealed foe, the most brilliant charge on record. Our gallant infantry under their brave officers had given the enemy such a chastisement on his right flank,’ said General Green in his report, ‘that the whole Federal force gave way as soon as the engagement became general and close.’ Nearly all the losses in the fight were sustained by Roberts' infantry.

Gen. Richard Taylor, in reporting this battle, said: ‘Too much praise cannot be given to General Green and the troops engaged. The exact moment when a heavy blow could be given was seized in a masterly manner. I have so frequently had occasion to commend the conduct of General Green, that I have nothing to add in his praise, except that he has surpassed my expectations, which I did not think possible. . . . He is now commanding a division, and I respectfully urge that he be promoted.’ General Taylor also warmly urged the promotion of Colonel Major, who had shown ‘marked energy and ability.’


Mansfield and Pleasant Hill.

A fight preliminary to the battle of Mansfield, La., in which Texans were engaged, on April 2, 1864, is described by General Taylor. Colonel Debray, with his regiment and two batteries, had been ordered from Many to Mansfield. While marching on a cross-road he suddenly encountered

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