and Captains Leech
, is mentioned in the reports.
A battalion of the Chasseurs-à--pied, Capt. M. G. Goodwyn
commanding, which held one of the redoubts, and three pieces of the Donaldsonville artillery, under Lieutenant Fortier
, are mentioned.
At New bridge
, on the Chickahominy
, some days later (May 24th), the Fifth Louisiana, on picket duty, was suddenly attacked by a force which crossed the river, but was speedily driven back.
The Fifth lost 13 killed, 23 wounded, and 34 missing. Lieutenant Pindell
was killed in the gallant charge.
On May 31st, the battle of Seven Pines1
was fought—a noisy prelude to the Seven Days colossal shock of arms.
Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
commanded the Confederates
, now numbering less than 80,000 men. McClellan
, having sufficiently ‘organized’ his army around Yorktown
, was in direct command of the Federals
His force was always in preponderance—125,000 effectives, with 280 guns.
Briefly it may be said that McClellan
had, at Seven Pines
, committed a blunder.
On the morning of May 31st he had rashly placed two of his best corps on the Richmond
side of the Chickahominy
, and the river, flood.
ing its banks, cut them off from the rest of his army.
Johnston at once hurled the bulk of his force against the isolated enemy.
Throughout the first day the Confederates
were doing their best to profit by the blunder.
But steady Sumner
crossed the river in force to help Keyes
, and, through his desperate effort, the Federals
recovered on the second day what they had lost on the first.
Both armies claimed the victory.
The loss on both sides was heavy and about equally divided.
In our number of casualties, however, we suffered a greater