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ck here in their rear is very evident, but whether they will try to evade it, or prepare to meet it, is still a question. Their sick, as fast as they are brought from their forces down the railroad, are moved up the Bayou Teche to Franklin and New-Iberia. The number is very considerable, and our surgeon gives it as his opinion that many of the men are merely shamming, to escape the toils of the campaign. This Louisiana climate, however, seems to sicken Texans as fast or faster than it acts d left us alone in our glory. The last able-bodied darkey was grabbed, the last straggling cattle swam over, the last crew of ragged riders embarked. As fast as they arrived on the west side of the bay they were sent off in long trains toward New-Iberia, and by two P. M. both shores were deserted, the last tent was struck, the last gun on the march, and the steamboats, having finished their work, were steaming up toward their former place of safety. The cars that had been captured were burn
tle of Grand Coteau, on the third instant. Also of Lieutenant-Colonel Robinson, commanding Seconds Louisiana cavalry, and statements of Captain Simms, Sixty-seventh Indiana, and Lieutenant Gorman, Second Louisiana cavalry, who were wounded and taken prisoners, but who were supposed to be privates, and were delivered over, under a flag of truce, with other wounded. On the twenty-seventh instant, the First division of this corps, under Brigadier-General Lawler, moved from Opelousas back to New-Iberia, with a view of being where they could be moved rapidly to Brashear City, should circumstances require it. That left at Opelousas the Third division, under General McKinnis, and one brigade of the Fourth division, under General Burbridge, at Barras Landing, eight miles east of Opelousas, and east of the Bayou Teche, near its juncture with the Bayou Cutableau. On the morning of the first instant, by order of Major-General Franklin, the troops of the Third division were ordered to march an
e, the rebels looked upon as worth an army of twenty thousand to them, and captured a large quantity of cattle, horses, and mules; but then, the obstruction in the bayou still remains; they have at least two other boats up there getting ready; we have come back to precisely the point from which we started, and I see nothing to prevent us from having to go over exactly the same work again. Had we gone on and taken Franklin — held the ground as we went on, and never stopped till we seized New-Iberia, and with it the mountain of salt on Petite Anse Island--(miles long by miles in width of solid rock salt, capable of supplying the world)--worth more than an army to the rebels, in their present condition, there would have been something to record really worth crowing over. But of one thing we are all confident here, General Weitzel is capable of any thing he may be set to do; and so let us indulge in the hope of soon recording something of more lasting and important results in the distr
Calhoun went up from Brashear City to Pattersonville yesterday noon, under a flag of truce, to secure the bodies of the killed, carry provisions to the wounded, and, if possible, secure the parole of the prisoners. The Calhoun returned during the evening, bringing the bodies of Captain Peterson, Master's Mate Dolliver, and all the privates of the two companies of infantry, and the sailors of the Diana. All the officers were retained, and, with the exception of Lieutenant Allen, sent to New-Iberia. Lieutenant Allen is at the house of Dr. Grant, at Pattersonville. The paroled men report that they were very kindly treated during their short imprisonment. They were kept in a guard-house thatched with palmetto leaves, and fed on corn bread and salt meat. Every attention was paid to the wounded by the women of Pattersonville. Every thing in their power to bestow was freely given, although they said that there was not a barred of flour in the place to make a dish of gruel from. They
The next day, about sundown, the Hart (iron-clad) was towed across the Teche, two miles below New-Iberia, scuttled and fired. She was not yet completed. She promised to be one of the most formidabl So rapid did our army follow up the enemy that they had no time to get their transports at New-Iberia away, and the Blue Hammock, Darby, Louise, Uncle Tommy, and Cricket were all either fired or sth them. The Cornie (the hospital boat mentioned in company with the Diana) was captured near New-Iberia the day previous. When our forces saw her stopped by the Diana she was on her way to New-IberNew-Iberia with her load of wounded. The commander of the Diana warned her not to proceed any further, as General Grover was in the neighborhood; but advised that he should return to Franklin, remove the woue captured and refused parole when the Diana was first captured by the enemy. We arrived at New-Iberia on Thursday. Here a large foundry was taken possession of by our forces. A similar one was s
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 171-operations on the Opelousas. (search)
71-operations on the Opelousas. General Banks's official report. headquarters, Department of the Gulf, Nineteenth army corps, Opelousas, April 23, 1863. General: On the evening of the seventeenth, General Grover, who had marched from New-Iberia by a shorter road, and thus gained the advance, met the enemy at Bayou Vermilion. The enemy's force consisted of a considerable number of cavalry, one thousand infantry and six pieces of artillery, masked in a strong position on the opposite b, when we bivouacked upon the field in line of battle. During the night the enemy's works were evacuated. On the fourteenth we marched in pursuit through Franklin. On the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth, we marched through Jeanerets, New-Iberia, and St. Martinsville, without special incident. On the eighteenth we rested near Vermilionville. On the nineteenth, renewed our march for Opelousas, where we arrived on Monday morning, the twentieth. We are distant from New-Orleans one hund
Martinsville, Colonel Chickering learned from his spies, and from those worthless negroes that Copperheads talk so much about, that the enemy were in ambush just beyond his advancing scouts. He at once crossed the Teche, and marched rapidly to New-Iberia, where he found the steamer J. M. Brown, laden with supplies for his troops. Unloading the supplies, they were soon distributed among the various regiments. The steamer was at once laden with cotton, sugar, corn, and molasses, and with one thousand contrabands on board, sailed for Brashear City. From New-Iberia the march was resumed toward Franklin, and the warlike caravan entered this pretty little secesh town amid the reverberation of the different bands, and the choruses of the regiments, swelling with the notes of the various camp songs, our glorious colors proudly fluttering their silken folds over the serried ranks — all tended to form a thrilling and beautiful picture. Perhaps you can form some sort of an idea of the giga
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Louisiana, 1863 (search)
h Infantry. UNITED STATES--Battery "L" 1st Arty., Battery "C" 2d Arty. April 17-21: Exp. from St. Martinsville to Breux Bridge and OpelousasNEW YORK--173d Infantry. UNITED STATES--Battery "F" 1st Arty. April 18: Destruction of Salt Works near New IberiaCONNECTICUT--24th Infantry. MAINE--12th Infantry. MASSACHUSETTS--2d Battery Light Arty.; 41st Infantry. April 18: Affair at PlaquemineMAINE--28th Infantry (Detachment). April 20: Capture of Butte la RoseU. S. Gunboats "Estrella," "Clifton," "Aes Light Arty.; 16th, 42d, 48th, 56th, 83d, 96th and 120th Infantry. VERMONT--8th Infantry. WISCONSIN--1st Battery Light Arty.; 11th, 23d and 29th Infantry. UNITED STATES--Batteries "F" and "L" 1st Arty. Oct. 4: Skirmish, Nelson's Bridge, near New IberiaTEXAS--1st Cavalry. Oct. 5: Skirmish, Greenwell Springs RoadWISCONSIN--4th Cavalry. Oct. 9-10: Skirmishes, Bayou VermillionILLINOIS--3d Cavalry. LOUISIANA--1st Cavalry. NEW YORK--165th Infantry. TEXAS--1st Cavalry. Union loss, 5 wounded. Oct.
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Corps de Afrique.--United States Colored Volunteers. (search)
d Brigade, 2nd Division, Corps de Afrique, to March, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Corps de Afrique, to April, 1864. Service. Duty at New Orleans, Brashear City, New Iberia and in District of La Fourche till January, 1864. Ordered to Port Hudson January 4, and duty there till April, 1864. Moved to Brashear City and duty there till April, 1864. Designation of Regiment changed to 92nd United States Colored Troops, April 4, 1864 (which see). 25th Corps de Afrique Regiment Infantry. Organized at New Iberia, La., November 21, 1863. Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Corps de Afrique, Dept. of the Gulf, to March, 1864. District of La Fourche to April, 1864. Service. Duty at New Iberia and in District of La Fourche till January, 1864. Moved to Franklin, La., January 5 and duty there till March 21. Moved to Brashear City and duty there till April. Designation of Regiment changed to 93rd United States Colored Troops April 4, 1864 (which see).
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Condensed history of regiments., Sixth battery Massachusetts Light Artillery. (search)
, 1863. On May 17 it advanced to Port Hudson, La., remaining there until July 8, being engaged in the assault May 27. The battery was posted at Donaldsonville, La., from July 10 to 30, being engaged at Bayou La Fourche July 13. It was encamped at Thibodeaux, La., from July 30 to Sept. 25, 1863, and on October 6, as a four-gun battery, was sent to Berwick's Bay, where it lost an officer by disease. Leaving Berwick's Bay October 11 it was on the march through Franklin and Opelousas to New Iberia, La., where it went into camp, November 16, for the winter. The battery left camp March 3, 1864; nearly all the original members re-enlisted at this time as veterans, and after the furlough of these men, April 13 to May 23, 1864, the battery was reunited and was stationed at New Orleans during the year 1864. The original members by order of the War Department were mustered out of service Jan. 20, 1865. During the month of January, 1865, the battery gained 121 members by recruits and trans
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