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Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, United States Colored Troops. (search)
Retreat from Alexandria to Morganza May 18-20. Mansura May 16. Near Moreauville May 17. Yellow Bayou May 18. Duty at Morganza till June, 1865. Operations near Morganza September 16-25, 1864. Expedition from Morganza to the Atchafalaya River December 16-19, 1864. Duty in Northern District, Dept. of the Gulf, to December, 1865. Mustered out December 31, 1865. 93rd United States Colored Regiment Infantry. Organized April 4, 1864, from 26th Corps de Afrique Infantry. ber 17-19 (Detachment). Skirmish at Lake Fausse Point November 18 (Detachment). Expedition from Brashear City to Lake Verret February 10-11, 1865 (Detachment). Expedition from Brashear City to Bayou Pigeon March 20-22 (Detachment). Bayou Teche March 21 (Detachment). Expedition from Brashear City to Indian Bend March 15-27 (Detachment). Expedition from Brashear City to Oyster Bayou March 25-28 (Detachment). Expedition to Lake Verret, Grand Bayou and the Park April 2-10 (Deta
t of the Nineteenth Corps, as pontoniers. On the 10th of March, the company moved, via Baton Rouge, to Bayou Monticeno, where they laid a bridge one hundred feet long. On the 13th, the army commenced crossing, and advanced on the Port Hudson road. On the 15th, the army recrossed; the company took up the bridge, and returned to Baton Rouge. On the 6th of April, they moved to Brashear City, and laid a bridge three hundred feet long on Bayou Boeuf; on the 12th, they swung a bridge across Bayou Teche, and proceeded to remove obstructions, torpedoes, &c., in the stream. Moving with the advance of the army, on the 26th they reached Sandy Creek, near Port Hudson, and laid a bridge two hundred and eighty feet long, under a hot fire from the guns of the fort and the rebel sharpshooters. After the occupation of Port Hudson, they proceeded to Donaldsville in an expedition under General Grover, where they laid a bridge two hundred and eighty feet long across Bayou Lafourche. On the 5th
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 35: the Gulf of Mexico. (search)
see a trail of land in the distance, with a fringe of forest trees, funereally draped in Spanish moss. Hollo, what's here? A bank of sand lies bare and dry under the paddlewheel. Are we ashore? Is that white bird a crane ? Are we at sea — is this a phantom ship? On coming to the fore, I find that we are pushing through a sea-canal, marked off with boles of trees. This work is seven miles long, and twelve feet deep, running between Marsh Island and the swamps of Terre Bonne, in Atchafalaya River, on the eastern bank of which lies the port of Brashear: a place created out of chaos, by the necessity which has sprung up since the settlement of Texas for a shorter and safer route from Galveston to New Orleans than that by way of Pass h Loutre. The voyage is reduced by half the time. By boat and car a man now runs from Galveston to New Orleans in little more than twenty-four hours. Is Brashear land or water? Slush and mud, gutter and pool, basin and drain, all meet in Brashea
t and ending the 9th of April. On this march the battery formed a part of the 2d Brigade, Colonel Kimball, in General Grover's division. Here it united with the rest of the Army of the Gulf for operations against the enemy who were threatening New Orleans from the rear, the whole numbering about 17,000 men. See Off Record, Vol. 15, Report General Grover.On the morning of the 11th of April the battery with General Grover's division started from Brashear City and proceeded up the Atchafalaya River. The intention of this expedition was to get in the rear of the enemy and either attack them there or cut off their retreat. The grounding of one of the transports at the entrance of Grand Lake delayed the troops for twenty-four hours but on the 13th a landing was made opposite Madame Porter's plantation thirty miles from Brashear City. While effecting a landing about 250 Confederates with two pieces of artillery opened fire and a sharp skirmish ensued in which the Union men took qu
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Condensed history of regiments., Second battery Massachusetts Light Artillery. (search)
William Marland. Officers.Men.Totals. Number on rolls,12351363 Enlisted men (included above) commissioned in battery,–66 Enlisted men (included above) serving elsewhere within battery,–11 Totals,–77 Actual total of members of battery,12344356 Killed and died of wounds,–22 Died by accident and disease,–2323 Died in Confederate prison,––– Total losses,–2525 Casualties by Engagements. 1864. April 8, Sabine Cross Roads, La.,–22 Active also at Port Hudson, March 13, 1863; Bayou Teche, La., April 13, 1863; Port Hudson, La., May and July, 1863; Vermilion Bayou, La., Carrion Crow Bayou, La., Oct. 15, 1863; Grand Coteau, La., Nov. 3, 1863; Fort Blakely, Ala., April 2, 1865; Daniel's Plantation, Ala., April 2, 1865. The 2d Battery Massachusetts Light Artillery was recruited in Boston during April and May, 1861, and was the first battery sent forward for three years service. It passed the year 1861 and to April, 1862, in garrison at Baltimore, Md., being engag
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Condensed history of regiments., Fourth battery Massachusetts Light Artillery. (search)
on, being in action on May 27 and June 13 and 14. It was next engaged in the expedition to the Teche from Oct. 3 to Nov. 16, 1863, being engaged at Vermilion Bayou, La., October 9 and also on November 11. In January, 1864, almost the entire battery re-enlisted as veteran volunteers, and were on furlough of 30 days from February 11, after which, on April 6, it was stationed at New Orleans, La. On the 5th of September, 1864, it was transferred to Morganza, La., and on September 16 engaged in an expedition to Bayou Fordoche; a part of the battery, under Lieutenant Manning, engaged in a skirmish to the Atchafalaya River. On November 28 it was transferred to Memphis, Tenn., and was in camp at Kennerville, La., and near Fort Gaines, Ala., until March 17, when it entered into the movement against Mobile, in which it was engaged until July 1. The battery was then ordered to Galveston, Tex., and remained in that vicinity until its return to Boston, where it was mustered out Nov. 10, 1865.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Condensed history of regiments., Twelfth battery Massachusetts Light Artillery. (search)
and disease,–2424 Died in Confederate prison,––– Total losses,–2424 Active during the Port Hudson campaign. The 12th Battery Massachusetts Light Artillery was recruited and mustered into service by detachments during the autumn of 1862, and left Boston by ship for New Orleans, Jan. 3, 1863, arriving at its destination on February 3. It was on duty at Baton Rouge, La., during the month of March, and was mounted and equipped as cavalry for a short time in April; on duty on the Atchafalaya River near Brashear City from April 17 to May 23; returning to New Orleans, it was on duty at various stations in the vicinity during the summer of 1863, and a detachment was stationed at Port Hudson during the siege. The battery was stationed at Port Hudson from October 15 until the close of its term of service. Foraging and reconnoitring expeditions took place by detachments on Dec. 31, 1863; March 16 and 26, 1864; April 26 and May 6; on the latter date a force of the enemy was met in
Y., where he was incarcerated, Feb. 9, 1862, without charges being preferred against him and held till Aug. 16, 1862, when he was released from arrest. Awaiting orders at Washington, D. C., Aug. 16, 1862, to May, 1863. In the department of the Gulf, May, 1863, to Apr. 16, 1864; engaged in the siege of Port Hudson, May 27 to July 8, 1863, and was one of the commissioners for receiving its surrender. Chief of staff of Maj. General Banks, July 25, 1863, to Apr. 16, 1864; in skirmishes on Bayou Teche, Oct., 1863; battle of Sabine Cross Roads, Apr. 8, 1864, and battle of Pleasant Hill, Apr. 9, 1864. Mustered out of volunteer service, Apr. 4, 1864. Awaiting orders at Cairo, Ill., Apr. 18 to Aug. 13, 1864. In command of brigade of 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac, before Petersburg, Aug. 21 to Sept. 13, 1864. Resigned, Sept. 13, 1864. Died at New York City, Jan. 24, 1887. Stratton, Franklin Asa. Born in Massachusetts. Captain, 11th Penn. Cavalry, Oct. 29, 1861. Major, Sept. 1,
James Russell Soley, Professor U. S. Navy, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.1, The blockade and the cruisers (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 5: (search)
l, and the steps already taken to convert the blockade of prominent points into an occupation were continued, especially to the westward of the Mississippi, on the coast of Louisiana and Texas. The principal entrances were Atchafalaya Bay and the Calcasieu, on the coast of Louisiana, Sabine Pass, at the western boundary of the State, and Galveston, Pass Cavallo, Arans's, and Corpus Christi, in Texas. Several small vessels were sent to operate in connection with a detachment of troops in Atchafalaya and its inner waters, under Lieutenant-Commander Buchanan. These operations continued for a long period, though Buchanan was killed two months after his arrival, in an engagement in the Teche. The other points were seized by different expeditions, whose operations were attended with varying success; and on the coast of Texas, blockade and occupation alternated at the different passes with considerable frequency during the rest of the war. One great difficulty in holding the occupied poi
nboat was soon in trim for another exchange of shells and spherical cases. The conduct of Capt. E. W. Fuller, commanding, in successfully repulsing, with an artillery company on a small gunboat, with 4 guns, a squadron of four gunboats carrying 27 guns, was highly complimented by General Taylor. This series of affairs was, in every respect, creditable alike to our young State navy and to its able and skillful commander. The gunboat Cotton continued for three months to steam up and down Bayou Teche, faithfully guarding its shining waters and fertile banks from hostile vessels. With each day that it appeared upon the Teche, or in the Atchafalaya, its formidable reputation and resolute aspect sent fear before it. The repulsed squadron, on its return, had scattered far and wide reports of the deadly skill with which her guns had been served. The rumor, canvassed here and there along the bayou, soon came to Weitzel's ears. Weitzel claimed to be in undisputed possession of the entir
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