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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Fortification and siege of Port Hudson—Compiled by the Association of defenders of Port Hudson; M. J. Smith, President; James Freret, Secretary. (search)
General Dudley's cavalry came up the Pointe Coupee shore and burned a small steamboat we had on False river. The Grierson raid. We were collecting a large lot of corn in Mississippi, but transportation was scarcely to be had, and when we were ready to commence bringing it down the Grierson raid was announced, and orders were sent to let it, the corn, remain where it was, lest it might be discovered on its way and destroyed. Nearly all the cavalry at Port Hudson was sent up through Woodville to Liberty, with orders to attack wherever they could find the enemy. Grierson made a movement toward Liberty, and our cavalry formed their line of battle and waited for his attack. This violation of General Gardner's orders enabled Grierson to get a long start on a new track, heading for Greensburg, on the Baton Rouge and Tangipahoa road. When it was learned at Port Hudson that Grierson had escaped our cavalry, two regiments of infantry and a section of artillery were dispatched to occ