from the city a force of 4,500 men under General Williams
to act in conjunction with a naval movement against Baton Rouge
This was the key-note to the expedition—a note already enforced at the forts below New Orleans.
No Confederate troops being in the little capital, the combined expedition, conducted in the interest of an open river, vied with the capture of Brashear
in the bloodlessness of the triumph achieved.
One effect, however, soon became apparent.
In the hearts of the Confederates
this easy triumph aroused a strong desire for revenge.
This was aggravated by the fact that, since the 28th of May, the picturesque little city had been garrisoned by the Federals
In the meantime the gunboats, satisfied that Baton Rouge
was in the care of their army, continued up the river to Vicksburg
Here was the Third Louisiana brigade under the command of that General Smith
whom we know in connection with the special defense of the ‘interior line’ at Chalmette
The bombardment by the clamorous mortars lasted for sixty-seven days. This was a heavy ordeal for troops not only new to service, but specially unused to so severe a tax upon their strength as well as their energy.
Among the men manning batteries were three companies of the First regiment of Louisiana
artillery; two companies Twentysec-ond and two companies Twenty-third, Major Clinch
; three companies Eighth Louisiana battalion, Major Ogden
; and Lieut.-Col. Charles Pinkney
, of the Eighth.
The picketing imposed upon the command was especially burdensome.
The nearer to a citadel the more hazardous always the call of duty.
This duty was performed with equal patience and care by the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Louisiana volunteers, under Colonels DeClouet
and Allen Thomas
; the Fourth, Col. Henry Watkins Allen
, and the Seventeenth Louisiana, Colonel Richardson
With these Louisianians, certified to by the general commanding as