CHAt. X XVIII.I SIEGE OF PORT HUDSON, LA. 41
prisoners by Fournet. Feeling myself not justified in hazarding the
safety of the immense train iu my charge by attempting any further
movement against this band of guerrillas kn the night, I ordered a
night march of the entire command, and arrived to within 11 miles of
Berwick at 4 o'clock a. in. of the 26th instant, where I made a halt,
having marched 40 miles in twenty-two hours.
I cannot give too much praise to both officers and men of my com-
mand for their conduct upon all occasions; and am proud to say that
no instance has come to my knowledge of any outrage upon the prop-
erty or person of any of the inhabitants upon the line of march. No
property has been taken other than that required for the use of fhe
troops and animals.
From the best information I an obtain, I have computed the number
of contrabands in the train at 5,000; horses and mules at 2,000;. cattle,
1,500. The train extended some 8 miles in length, all of which I am
pleased to say have been safely transferred across the bay to this place.
I regret to inform you that Lieutenant Wood, of the One hundred and
seventy-fifth [One hundred and tenth] New York Volunteers, wounded
by guerrillas at Franklin, has since died of his wounds; also that Pri-
vate Lawson, of the Ninetieth New York Volunteers, was accidentally
shot dead during the march. Private Loomis, of the Nmetieth, New
York Volunteers, shot by Wilcoxen, is still living, but nd hopes are en-
tertained of his recovery. Lieutenant Curtis, of the One hundred and
seventy-fifth New York Volunteers, and Corporal Brewer, of the One
hundred and sixty-second New York Volunteers, went back to Frank-
lin upon a reconnaissance, and have not since been heard from.
Trusting the above will meet with the approval of the major-general
commanding, I have the honor to be, sir, most respectfully, your obe-
HAY 21-July 8, 1863.—Siege of' Port Hudson, La.
SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS.
May 21, 1863.—Action at Plains Store.
23, 1863.—Skirmishes on the Springfield and Plains Store roads.
25, 1863.—Capture of the Confederate steamers Starlight and Red Chief.
Skirmish at Thompson's Creek.
27, 1863.—First assault.
June 3- 8,1863.—Expedition to Clinton.
11, 1863.—Capture of Confederate outposts.
14, 1863.—Second assault.
16, 1863.—Raid on the Union lines.
26. 1863.—Capture of Union outposts.
July 2, 1863.—Affair at Springfield Landing.
8, 1863.—Surrender of Port Hudson.
No. 1.—Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, U. S. Army, commanding Department of the
No. 2.—Returns of Casualties in the Union forces.
JOS. S. MORGAN,
Col. _Ninetieth .New York Vols., Comdg. Provisional Brigade.
Lieut. Col. RICHARD B. IRWIN, A. A. G., 19th Army Corps.
See also General Halleck's report, p. 3.