the band, who had been ordered to the rear, dismounted, and of their own volition went to the front to pick up the wounded and carry them to the ambulances.
They never afterwards shrank from the performance of that self-imposed duty of devotion which endeared them to the regiment.
The following general order was issued, the original of which has been preserved by the writer:
General order. headquarters District, Western Louisiana, in the field, April 5th, 1864.
On the 2d instant, while marching his regiment from Manny to Pleasant Hill, Colonel X. B. Debray was suddenly attacked by the enemy in superior force.
Considering the unexpected nature of this affair, and the circumstance that Colonel Debray's regiment had never before been in action, the soldierly qualities displayed by the Colonel, and the good conduct of his men, meet the acknowledgment of the Major-General commanding, who has every reason to form brilliant expectations of the future career of this fine