The accounts from New Orleans leave no room to doubt that Banks
's repulse at Port Hudson
was severe and disheartening.
The divisions which did the fighting were Sherman
's and Augur
's. The Northern papers claim that the rebels were driven into their entrenchments after nine hours fighting.--The steamer Natchez
arrived at Mobile
last Monday from New Orleans with 230 paroled prisoners.
By this arrival the Mobile papers have received some information from reliable sources which the New Orleans papers are not allowed to publish.
The Federal loss was 3,000.
Among the wounded were Gen. Stafford
shot through both legs; Gens. Sherman
, Neal Dow
, (of Maine
Liquor law fame,) and Chapin
, and Nickerson
The negro regiments, to use the language of a message sent to New Orleans by Gen. Sherman
, were "massacred." Sherman
has since arrived in that city.
The fight was under his direction, Banks
not having arrived with the main body.
This is the second premature attack of that General, and his second thrashing.
The stampede of the Federals
was led off by the 15th Connecticut and 26th New Hampshire.
This fight is stated by the New Orleans papers to have taken place on the 27th, but it is doubtless the battle of the 23d, which the Northern
papers characterize as "a successful reconnaissance." Gen. Banks
was on board a steamer at Bayon Sara on the 23d, en route
to Port Hudson
Singular to say, there is not a line in the New Orleans papers of Sunday about the battle, except this little paragraph from the Delta:
"The funeral of Lieut. Wroluowski
, topographical engineer
on Gen. Weitzel
's staff, killed in the recent engagement before Port Hudson
, will take place this afternoon."