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uge and already waiting for the order, to proceed by water to Donaldsonville and thence to Thibodeaux. Behind an open Atchafalaya, he could see the Red river country free to his troops. These two expeditions, therefore, were an advance in force ofely by Emory. Grover, from Bayou Boeuf, reached him about 1 p. m. On April 10th, Banks' general plan was to move upon Bayou Teche, with a probable attack upon our force at Pattersonville. After this he purposed proceeding to New Iberia to destroy ort Bisland was a collection of earthworks, hastily constructed and too low for effective defense, on the east bank of Bayou Teche. The Confederate line of defense included also the west bank. On the east bank of the bayou, under Gen. Alfred Moutot, the enemy pushed forward until the night, when they were checked within 800 yards of the parapet. On both sides of Bayou Teche, batteries were now spitting fire and shells. This fire was made the more harassing by the enemy's skirmishers and sh
rleans, a surprise never long couchant in his mind—was unwillingly deferred under advice of Gen. Kirby Smith. Returning to the Atchafalaya country, Taylor resolved to fight the enemy on his first advance—a resolve brilliantly put in execution on the Lafourche, as narrated in the previous chapter. Taylor himself was absolutely without illusions. He felt assured that if Banks meant to overrun Louisiana it was within his power to do so. He saw in the rise of the Mississippi, Red, and Atchafalaya rivers an added proof that he could send his gunboats and transports into the very heart of western Louisiana. On his side, Kirby Smith, writing from Shreveport on July 12th, had ex-pressed his satisfaction with Taylor's operations up to that date. Smith rather took the sugar-coating from his praise, adding that Taylor's only course was to proceed with his troops to Niblett's Bluff on the Sabine. An admirable point was this bluff to threaten the enemy's communication with Texas; but in Tay
ieut. Ben Hardin; and Gen. L. S. Ross' cavalry brigade. Hynson's battery, Capt. H. C. Hynson, was with General Marmaduke in the Missouri expedition under General Price, after his return to the Trans-Mississippi department. The services of the Texas troops in Louisiana and Arkansas in the years 1863 and 1864 were as follows: Early in the spring of 1863 Sibley's brigade was ordered to Louisiana, and with Louisiana troops under General Mouton took part in the battle of Camp Bisland on Bayou Teche in Southern Louisiana, April 13th,Brigadier-General Sibley commanding all the forces in the battle. Col. James Reily was killed at the head of his regiment, and General Sibley left the command after the battle on account of a disagreement with Gen. Richard Taylor, commanding the district, who was near the locality of the battle. Thereby Col. Tom Green, a senior colonel, became commander of the brigade and returned to the Sabine river with it. Again that brigade proceeded with Louisiana
dly led a detachment of 50 into the Confederate lines. The loss of the brigade was 44 killed and 130 wounded. Lieuts. Thomas Beaver and B. W. Hampton were killed, and among the wounded were Capts. E. P. Petty, S. J. P. McDowell, and J. H. Tolbert, and Lieuts. T. H. Batsell, D. M. Waddill, G. A. Dickerman and James M. Tucker. Plaquemine to Bayou Bourbeau. For the relief of Port Hudson General Taylor made an advance in June, 1863, toward New Orleans, leading his main column by way of Bayou Teche, and sending another column, Col. James P. Major's Texas cavalry brigade, composed of the regiments of Joseph Phillips, W. P. Lane, B. W. Stone and C. L. Pyron, to cover the movement by a daring dash along the Mississippi down from Port Hudson. On the 18th Phillips made a dash into Plaquemine, took 87 prisoners and burned three steamers; and on the 20th Lane captured Thibodeaux, with 140 prisoners. On the 21st Pyron's regiment, 206 strong, attacked a force of 1,000 Federals at Lafourche
Capt. Calvin D. Cowles , 23d U. S. Infantry, Major George B. Davis , U. S. Army, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Index. (search)
27, 1; 43, 7; 74, 1; 81, 4; 85, 1; 100, 1; 136, F6; 137, A6 Ashbyville, Ala. 117, 1; 148, C6 Ash Creek, Kans. 119, 1 Ashepoo River, S. C. 91, 4; 117, 1; 120, 2; 139, H2; 143, H11; 144, E12 Defenses, Nov. 4, 1863 26, 3 Asheville, N. C. 76, 2; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 142, E7; 171 Ashland, Tenn. 24, 3; 117, 1; 135-A; 149, B4 Ashland, Va. 20, 1; 22, 1; 74, 1; 81, 3, 81, 6; 92, 1 Ashley, Mo. 152, B7 Ashley's Mills, Ark. 32, 6 Atchafalaya River, La. 23, 8; 52, 1; 135-A; 156, F6 Atchison, Kans. 119, 1; 135-A; 161, B8 Athens, Ala. 24, 3; 61, 9; 76, 1; 115, 7; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 149, D6 Vicinity of 115, 7 Athens, Ky. 135-A; 141, E2; 150, A12; 151, G13 Athens, Ohio 135-A; 140, E6 Athens, Tenn. 24, 3; 76, 2; 97, 1; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 142, F1; 149, B12; 171 Atkins' Mill, Tenn. 12, 5; 14, 2, 14, 3 Atlanta, Ga. 47, 5; 51, 2; 56, 2, 56, 7, 56, 8; 57, 1, 57, 3; 58, 2; 59, 7; 6
, throughout its entire extent, is higher near the banks of the river, and falls off gradually till it reaches the line of the bluffs; the drainage is, therefore, necessarily towards the hills, and is the source of the intricate network of bayous The streams that everywhere intersect these alluvial regions are called bayous—a corruption of the French word boyau—a gut or channel. for which the basin is remarkable. The Coldwater, the Tallahatchie, the Yazoo, the Washita, the Red, and Atchafalaya rivers, besides numerous other and smaller streams, are accordingly nothing more than huge side drains. During freshets, the water that breaks over the Mississippi banks, or through the crevasses, flows through cypress-swamps, and a labyrinth of bayous, till it reaches the bluffs, and is again forced back into the parent stream. Besides the bayous, crescent-shaped lakes, the sole remains of the ancient meanderings of the river, abound on both sides, often at considerable distances from t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The story of the Arkansas. (search)
azines and shell-rooms forward and aft were open, and the men inspected in their places. Before getting underway, coffee (or an apology therefor) had been served to the crew, and daylight found us a grim, determined set of fellows, grouped about our guns, anxiously waiting to get sight of the enemy. Shortly after sunrise, the smoke from several steamers was discovered by Captain Brown, who, with the First Lieutenant, Henry K. Stevens, Afterward killed on board steamer Cotton, in Bayou Teche, La.stood on a platform entirely exposed to the enemy's fire. This was the signal for fresh girding up, last inspections and final arrangements for battle. Lieutenant John Grimball and myself divided the honor of commanding the eight-inch Columbiads. He fought the starboard and I the port gun. Midshipman Dabney M. Scales was his Lieutenant, and a youngster named John Wilson, of Baltimore, was mine. Lieutenant A. D. Wharton, of Nashville, came next on the starboard broadside, with Midship
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Official reports of actions with Federal gunboats, Ironclads and vessels of the U. S. Navy, during the war between the States, by officers of field Artillery P. A. C. S. (search)
P. A. C. S. No. 1. quarters, Faries's Battery, P. L. A., First Brigade Infantry, (Mouton's Brigade), Forces South of Red River, Bisland Plantation, Bayou Teche, La., November 10th, 1862. Capt. R. C. Bond, Chief of Artillery. Sir,—I have the honor to report that on the afternoon of the 3d November, instant, the right sof Capt. O. J. Semmes's battery, consisting of two James Rifles (bronze twelve-pounders), under First Lieut. J. A. A. West. Both sections then fell back to the Bayou Teche road, in the rear of and above their first position, where after firing ten to fifteen minutes, retired in good order and returned to this camp. The nature olothouse of the steamer W. S. Pike, a Bayou Sara packet, some thirteen years after the events referred to. The United States gunboat Diana was captured in Bayou Teche, La., March 28, 1863. F. (Federal army correspondent's account.) fight near Brashear City. The New Orleans Delta of November 6th, 1862, contains the foll
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The story of the Arkansas. (search)
ia. Master's Mate, John A. Wilson, Maryland; Surgeon, H. W. M. Washington, Virginia; Assistant Surgeon, C. M. Morfit, Maryland; First Assistant (acting Chief) Engineer, George W. City, Virginia; Second Assistant Engineer, E. Covert, Louisiana; Third Assistant Engineers, W. H. Jackson, Maryland; J. T. Dolan, Virginia; C. H. Browne, Virginia; John S. Dupuy and James Gettis, Louisiana; Gunner, T. B. Travers, Virginia; Pilots—John Hodges, James Brady, William Gilmore and J. H. Shacklett. Captain Brown is now a successful planter, on his place in Bolivar county, Mississippi; Stevens, poor fellow, was killed on the Bayou Teche, in Louisiana, during the war; Grimball is a lawyer in New York City; Read commands a fine steamer plying between New Orleans and Havana; Barbot is dead; Millikin and Phillips are both dead; Scales, no longer a big midshipman with a round jacket on, is a lawyer in Memphis. All the pilots except Shacklettt are dead. I do not know the whereabouts of the remainde
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 13. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 11 (search)
the echoing of the reports of artillery along the skirt of timber extending in our rear. As the enemy was seen endeavoring to turn our left, we gave way, and hastened to the heights that overlook the town of Moreauville, on Yellow Bayou. On the next morning, the enemy appeared, but was not suffered to tarry in the town and indulge in his wonted acts of incendiarism. Following on General Bank's steps, on the 17th of May, we reached Norwood's plantation, about three miles distant from Atchafalaya, and deployed into line to attack his rear. But the enemy, turning against us, and massing his forces against our left, on the road, to allow his long train of wagons to defile on the pontoon bridge thrown over the stream, held us at bay with rapid volleys of musketry and artillery. This unfortunate and unnecessary affair, the only result of which was to delay the enemy in reaching the eastern side of the Atchafalaya, where we wanted him to go, cost us over two hundred men killed and wo
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