Toward the end of the year he was at Lakeport
, La., and on January 2, 1864, accompanied an expedition to Madisonville
, on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain
Throughout the year his company was engaged in helping hold the territory on both sides of the Mississippi
that had been acquired with so much difficulty previous to the fall of Vicksburg
After the expedition to Madisonville
they again returned to New Orleans for guard duty.
During this interval the monotony of garrison life was cheered by a visit of several months from his wife, whom he had left the year before, a bride of a week.
On October 17, they embarked for the mouth of the White river
An expedition up this river was made one hundred ninety miles to Devall's Bluff
, which occupied the time till the end of November, when they returned and encamped in the suburbs of Memphis, Tenn.
Early in January, 1865, they returned to Louisiana
and took up their position at Kennerville, some miles above New Orleans.
Changes of camp are the only matters of activity recorded in the journals till February 20, when the battery embarked on Lake Pontchartrain
and sailed for Mobile Bay
, thence to Barrancas
, Fla. Here they joined the Second Division, Thirteenth Army Corps, under Major-General C. C. Andrews
, and on March 11, proceeded to Pensacola
Although the forts commanding Mobile Bay
had been reduced by Admiral Farragut
the preceding August, the city of Mobile
still held out, and the movements in this section were directed to that end. From Pensacola
the route was northward along the Escambia river
On March 25, the Fifteenth Battery was engaged in the battle of Escambia Creek
Thence the route lay through the pine barrens, till Blakely
The siege of this place was begun on the second day of April, and the battery then received an experience of vigorous fighting for which they had longed ever since they had come south.
The works were carried by assault on April 9, the same day that Lee
surrendered at Appomattox