action led the Confederates
on our left to believe that we were being given no quarter, and they began shelling poor and gallant Fort Gregg.
After an hour's hard fighting the garrison of 160 Mississippians and 80 artillerists serving as infantry and two guns, assailed by one or two divisions of Ord
's corps, inflicted a loss of about 1000 in killed and wounded.
The loss in the fort was about 50 or 60 men.
After being removed from the fort we were taken near Grant
's observatory, where each man's name and command was taken by a federal officer, seated in an open buggy
, who, to say the least, was the biggest ruffian it was the writer's misfortune to meet.
From there we were taken to City Point
, and from there to Point Lookout, Md.
, and remained until the end of July, 1865, when we were paroled.
It is pleasant to say that after all these long years the four members of the Donaldsonville Artillery who were engaged in this desperate struggle are still living and in fair health, two residing in Assumption parish
, one in Ascension and the fourth in New Orleans.