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[207] Wharton was assigned to that duty. At Monett's Ferry, April 23d, with his division and General Major's division (including Bagby's and Debray's brigades), in all about 2,000 men, he was assailed by nearly the entire army of General Banks, and after a stubborn fight fell back to Beasley's.

The report of Col. George W. Baylor, Second Arizona cavalry, commanding Major's brigade (Major commanding division), gives details of great interest. He described the gallant service of his brigade, under Colonel Lane—Madison's, Lane's and Chisum's regiments and his own—on April 7th, when Lieuts. W. T. Brown and F. B. Chilton, of his regiment, were wounded, the former mortally. In the first action of the brigade on the 8th, when they fought dismounted, they captured a battery, but lost heavily, Lieut. G. E. Rottenstein falling gallantly at the head of his company. Here Colonel Lane was wounded and Baylor took command of the brigade. He and his men had a hot and close fight in driving back the Federal ambuscade at Pleasant Hill, Lieutenant English, adjutant of Madison's regiment, being among the killed. Colonel Baylor heartily commended the dashing, fiery courage of Colonel Madison, and the heroism of Colonels Lane, Chisum, Crump and Mullen. Among the killed at Monett's Ferry he mentioned with an affectionate tribute Chaplain B. F. Ellison, of Madison's regiment, who fell mortally wounded, fighting in the front rank. When the first gun was fired in defense of Southern liberty he had started on foot from Los Angeles, Cal., to join in the struggle. On the 28th Baylor's command supported Hardeman's in a successful fight at Bayou Rapides. On May 1st the brigade was ordered to Wilson's landing, on Red river, where the enemy's transports were constantly passing. Before West's battery could be brought up, Chisum's regiment, under Captain Wilson, and Lieutenant Smith's Arizona scouts chased and captured one transport. Although driven thence to Marksville, General

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