CnAP. XLVI.] THE RED RIVER CAMPAIGN. 283
tie, and the enemy in heavy numbers pursuing again forced them to
fall back. The Twenty-ninth Wisconsin, which had already suffered
severely from the fire of the enemy advancing through the field, fell
back in good order about 50 yard's in order to clear its flanks from
the enemy, changing front slightly toward the enemy on the right,
who now advanced slowly but firing rapidly, they supposing, I think,
that the Twenty-ninth formed part of a fresh line, as it was imposi-
sible to see but a short distance through the thicket. The enemy
which had advanced across the open field now arrived close upon
our left flank, delivering a heavy fire, driving back the skirmish-
ers, which had been left along the fence to hinder their progress.
The few troops now left, numbering not more than 100 men, fell
back in tolerably order to get out of the terrible cross-fire they were
Many of our men had expended their ammunition, and it ap-
peared as though we were completely surrounded and cut off. We,
however, succeeded again in forming a line with about 40 men in the
road near where the first line of battle was formed, fronted slightly
to the right, the flanks resting in the brush on either side, intending
(although many of our guns were empty and ammunition gone) to
deceive the enemy with the idea that the long-expected re-enforce-
ments had arrived. To this end the skeleton regiment gave three
cheers for Vicksburg, immediately delivering its fire upon the enemy,
whose line was advanced within a few yards. We were, however,
immediately attacked on our left flank by a portion of the enemy,
which wo had mistaken through the smoke of some burning logs for
our own troops. Many of our men fell, either killed or wounded,
and we were immediately driven back. As from the general confu-
sion now prevailing, the enemy having attacked the flank of the
trains and the cavalry support having fled, it became impossible to
make longer head against the enemy, our scattered forces fell back
to the rear of the Nineteenth Army Corps, which was forming line,
and we gathered our scattered men, with the aid of the five compa-
nies of the Twenty-ninth Wisconsin, which had now arrived from
guarding trains. Procuring ammunition and rations we commenced
the retreat about 10 p. m., arriving at Pleasant Hill, 16 miles distant,
early next morning.
The brigade numbered on *oing into battle as follows : Forty-
sixth Indiana Infantry, 252 enlisted men, 13 officers ; five companies
Twenty-ninth Wisconsin, 183 enlisted men, 5 officers. The brigade
lost in the battle as follows : Forty-sixth Indiana, 8 killed, 98
wounded and missing ' ?Âª five companies Twenty-ninth Wisconsin, 5
killed, 55 wounded and missing ?Âª total number engaged, 435 enlisted
men and 18 officers ; total loss, 13 killed, 153 wounded and missing.
Among the killed is Lieut. J. McClung, Forty-sixth Indiana. Among
the missing are Lieutenant-Colonel Flory, Forty-sixth Indiana, com-
manding brigade ; Chaplain H. Robb, Capt. W. M. De Hart, Lieut.
Jacob Hudlow, all of the Forty-sixth Indiana. Among the wounded
who escaped are Capt. F. Swigart, Forty-sixth Indiana ; Capt. 0-. H.
Bryant, Twenty-ninth Wisconsin.
Soon after the breaking of our last line Captain Blake, of the
Twenty-ninth Wisconsin, was captured by the enemy, but succeeded
almost immediately in making his escape.
I would add that the men were not disheartened, but are as ready
as ever to meet the enemy, feeling that they were driven from the