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st Missouri batteries. Cavalry--Company C First Indiana cavalry. Fourteenth division--Brigadier-General E. A. Carr commanding: First Brigade--Brigadier-General W. P. Benton commanding, consisted of the First U. S. infantry, Eighth and Eighteenth Indiana, and the Thirty-third and Ninety-ninth Illinois. Second Brigade--B M. when sufficient time had elapsed to allow Osterhaus's attack to work a diversion in favor of my right, I ordered General Carr to attack the enemy's left. General Benton's brigade promptly moved forward to the right of the main road to Port Gibson. His way lay through woods, ravines, and a light canebrake, yet he pressed on uving entered the wood mentioned, was immediately formed in obedience to my order, General Lawler's brigade on the right, resting its flank near Big Black, and General Benton's brigade on its left and the right of the railroad. A section of Foster's battery and two regiments of Osterhaus's division were ordered to the right and re
) are placed at the distance of a quarter of a mile apart, on high points, and completely command the river. I ordered the Louisville, Carondelet, Mound City, and Pittsburgh, to lead the way and attack the lower batteries, while the Tuscumbia, Benton, and Lafayette, attacked the upper ones; the Lafayette lying in an eddy, and fighting, stern down-stream. The vessels below silenced the lower batteries, and then closed up on the upper one, which had been hotly engaged by the Benton and Tuscumbe by one of the fiercest and longest contested naval engagements of the war. The long-promised, and, as some think, too long delayed attack upon Grand Gulf by our naval flotilla commenced at eight o'clock this morning, all seven of the gunboats — Benton, (flag-ship,) Lafayette, Tuscumbia, Carondelet, Mound City, Pittsburgh, and Louisville — participating, and the fight continued until near one o'clock P. M., lasting almost five hours. The place was, very properly, reported by Admiral Farragut as
flict. The two batteries made terrible havoc with the enemy. The First brigade, under Brigadier-General Benton, was deployed in the ravines and underbrush on the right, and advanced gallantly to fla lines of each brigade were formed under fire from the enemy, who were being engaged by Brigadier-General Benton, to my left, and near the centre of my line of battle. At this juncture I received o the fact was announced to the Major-General commanding. In the mean time the brigade under General Benton was engaged in a severe conflict with the enemy upon our left, and gallantly resisting almosClernand came rapidly forward, with orders directing me, without the least delay, to support General Benton's line. I immediately ordered Brigadier-General McGinnis to march the infantry of the firstlfth Division, Thirteenth Army Corps. J. E. Phillips, A. A. General. Official report of General Benton. bivouac in the field, Mississippi, May 5, 1863, Captain C. H. Dyer, Assistant Adjutant
, J. P., V., 58; VII., 29, 36, 210; X., 13. Benjamin, M., V., 86. Benneau, F. W., VII., 133. Bennett, A. G., III., 246. Bennett, F. M., VI., 306. Bennett, J. G., yacht of, VI., 181. Bennett House, Durham Station, N. C. , III., 247. Bennett's Mills, Mo., I., 350. Benning, H. L., X., 127. Benning's bridge, Md., V., 96. Benson, B., VII., 79, 151; escape of, from Elmira prison, VII., 147 seq.; X., 2. Benton, S., X., 155. Benton, W. P., X., 203. Benton,, U. S. S., I., 221, 222, 362; 366; VI., 150, 214, 220, 222, 316. Bentonville, Ark., I., 358. Bentonville, N. C., III., 344. Berdan, H., X., 223. Berlin, Md.: pontoon bridge at, II., 56; view of Potomac from, II., 266; bridge at, IV., 77 seq. Bermuda Hundred, Va.: I., 49, 119; III., 84, 94, 95, 188, 190, 320, 322, 330, 338; V., 243, 315; VI., 130, 315; Crow's Nest signal tower at, VIII., 331; negro teamsters at, IX., 181. Berry,