of Colonel Henry Watkins Allen
, also, was a brigade of regiments from Kentucky
under Colonel Thompson
's fame was already crescent.
leader combined the dash of d'artagnan with the thirst for battle of Anthony Wayne
Before an enemy he was a Pennsylvanian engrafted upon a Creole.
An odd compound, but one first-class for war.
The line had proceeded but a few hundred yards when it was met by a brisk fire from the enemy's skirmishers, strongly posted on the right.
, battery was ordered forward to drive off the skirmishers.
Fired by their leader's example the Louisianians dashed to the front, with ringing cheers, charging a battery stationed at the head of a street on the outskirts of Baton Rouge
' order had been peremptory—‘March straight to the front until you hear “ Stop!”
’ and Allen
was not the man to question an order while the battle was on. To the front, straight as he could go, he swept, carrying the colors in his hand and pressing up to the very muzzles of the guns.
At that point, there came a scattering discharge of canister which struck him down.
shattering both of his legs.1 Lieut.-Col. Samuel Boyd
was also severely wounded in the same charge.
The vigilant enemy, seeing signs of trouble in their front, threw in strong reinforcements, which forced the brigade back in some confusion.
Rallied by the efforts of Colonel Breaux
, of the Thirteenth, and LieutenantCol-onel Hunter
, Fourth, the Louisiana
brigade, although it did not further participate in the assault, bravely