280 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. feEtAp. XLVI.
Boeuf at 5.30 a. m., marching 20 miles, going into camp on the same
bayou. March 24, moved at 7 a. m., marching 18 miles, going into
camp at Lecompte Station. Marsh 25, moved from Lecompte Station
at 7 a. m., marching 15 miles, going into camp 5 miles from Alex-
andria. karch 26, moved camp at 7 a. m., going into camp 4 miles
beyond Alexandria. March 27, remained in camp ; battery paid off
by Major Brigdon. March 28, moved from Alexandria at 6 a. m.,
marching about 20 miles, going into camp at Harrison's plantation.
March 29, moved at 9 a. m., marching about 6 miles, going into camp
near Cane River. March 30, remained in camp until 10 p. m., when
we crossed the river. March 31, moved at 6 a. m., marching about
20 miles, going into camp near the ferry at Old Red River. April 1,
moved at 8 a. m., marching about 15 miles, going into camp 5 miles
from Natchitoches. April 2, moved at 6 a. m., going into camp at
Natchitoches. April 3, 4, 5, remained in camp. April 6, moved from
Natchitoches at 6 a. m., marching about 15 miles. April 7, moved
at 6 a. in., marching 20 miles, going into camp at Pleasant Hill.
April 8, moved from Pleasant Hill at 5 a. m., marching about 12
miles, when we were ordered to proceed at the double-quick to the
field, a distance of 3 miles. The field was soon reached, and we
went into position in a plowed field on the left of the road. We
remained there but a few moments, when we were ordered to take
position on the right of the road at the edge of the woods. Here
we did some very sharp firing and succeeded in keeping the enemy
in check for a short time, but being unsupported, we were eventually
obliged to fall back. We then took position some distance back at
the edge of the woods, which we held for some time, and were then
ordered to limber up and get into the road, as the retreat had by
that time become general. We succeeded in getting the pieces all
off the field, but the road being blockaded by the wagons we were
compelled to leave them. Our loss was 1 officer killed, 1 wounded,
and 2 prisoners ; 1 enligted man killed, 2 wounded, and 21 prisoners.
The battery fired in all about 250 rounds. April 9, we started from
Pleasant Hill, reaching Grand Ecore on the 11th, where we have
been in camp since.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Junior Second Lieutenant, Commanding Battery.
Brig. Gen. RICHARD ARNOLD,
Chief of Artillery, Department of the Gulf.
Report of Lieut. Charles M. Callahan, Battery A, First Missouri
Light Artillery, of operations March 16-April 10.
CAMP BATTERY A, FIRST REGT. MISSOURI LIGHT ART.,
Grand Ecore, La., April 18, 1864.
Report of operations of the battery in connection with this army
since it left Franklin, La. : The battery left Franklin, La., March
16, 1864, under command of Lieut. E. Cole, marched and camped
with the army of Western Louisiana, in a northwestern direction,
passing the towns of New Iberia, La., March 17, 1864, Vermillion-