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rts Pike and Macomb were abandoned without my orders. When I returned to the city from the lower forts on the 24th, I directed Col. Fuller, who was in command of the works on the lakes, which comprised Forts Pike and Macomb, to have everything ready to abandon those forts, in case I should so order it. Supposing that the enemy would occupy Kenner, and thus deprive me of the use of the Jackson Railroad, it was my intention to remove the troops, supplies, etc., across Lake Pontchartrain to Pass Manchac and Madisonville, holding the entrance to that lake by the fort as long as possible. The enemy, however, did not interfere with the railroad at Kenner, and the greater part of the men and public property were removed by rail. I went to Camp Moore on the night of the 25th to arrange matters there, and on the morning of the 27th I received information that Col. Fuller had arrived at Covington, La., with the garrison of Forts Pike and Macomb. This was the first knowledge I had of the aban
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)
Active also at Fort Blakely, Ala., April 2-9, 1865. The 4th Battery Light Artillery was composed chiefly of men from Essex and Middlesex counties. Almost immediately after its muster in October and November, 1861, it joined General Butler's New Orleans expedition, and was among the troops before Forts Jackson and Phillips at their surrender. The battery was encamped at Carroll. ton, La., until June 16, 1862, when a portion of it, under Lieutenant Taylor, engaged in action at Pass Manchac, La.; but the organization as a whole was not engaged until the battle of Baton Rouge, La., Aug. 5, 1862. It was stationed at Baton Rouge, La., until August 21 and then went into camp at Carrollton, La. On October 28, making its bead. quarters at Fort Pike, La., it took part in several expeditions by water; it was engaged without loss at Bonfouca, La., Nov. 26, 1862, and again on December 23. The section which accompanied General Weitzel's brigade through the La Fourche district was enga
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.24 (search)
atory to being sent to the seat of war. The good people of Mandeville had been exceedingly kind and hospitable to officers and men during our long stay among them, and now that the boys were going forth to assist in fighting the battles of the South, they overwhelmed us with kindness. The company to which the writer belonged was left behind when the battalion departed, to pack up and guard quartermasters' stores while in transit from Mandeville by schooner, through Lake Pontchartrain, to Pass Manchac, where we were to board a railroad train for Camp Moore. The boat carrying the five companies had scarcely started on her way ere a saturnalia of drunken fury took possession of the men of our company, accompanied by incipient mutiny, which might have had a serious termination had it not been for the courage of the officers, manfully aided by the sergeants and a few of the sober men. We passed an alarming night, but by morning the whiskey had died out, and, as the bar-rooms remained clos
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