This correspondence makes it certain that the ‘first spurs’ had been conceded to a Louisianian.
battalion next saw service in Virginia It was in the summer of 1861 that the command became a part of that wonderful campaign so long conducted with inadequate forces by Gen. John B. Magruder
High praise is due to this campaign, by which that eccentric officer, through marvelous marches up and down, mystified the enemy for nearly a year and kept the peninsula's ways free until mighty armies fought for mastery at Williamsburg
The engagement at Big Bethel, June 10, 1861, seemed to open a prospect of fight.
If a fiasco of Butler
, it was also a disillusion of the battalion.
coldly reports that ‘the Louisiana
regiment arrived after the battle was over, having made a most extraordinary march.’
It was not quite a month later when the battalion was engaged at Young's Mills
, Va. While an affair of no importance in itself, it was disastrous in the loss of one whom Louisiana
had lately learned to value.
Capt. S. W. Fisk
, of the Crescent Rifles, in his report, addressed to Maj. N. M. Rightor
, of the Louisiana
battalion, thus speaks of the skirmish: