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advancing in heavy force on our right, the brigade was formed by
Lieutenant-Colonel Brown, in the immediate presence of Major-Gen-
erals Banks and Franklin, and by their consent moved to the new
point of danger. Here we advanced in line of battle, with skir-
mishers in front, but the enemy had 'already gained the cover of the
thick underbrush, and from their ambush threw a heavy fire into
our front and left. This was followed on their part by a vigorous
charge, and their longer line considerably outflanking ours we were
forced to retire from the field.
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
Reports of Maj. Gen. Andrew J. Smith, U. S. Army, commanding
detachments of Sixteenth and Seventeenth Army Corps,
HEADQUARTERS RED RIVER EXPEDITION,
Alexandria, La., March 23, 1864.
GENERAL : I have the honor to report that on the 21st instant I
ordered Brigadier-General Mower, with the First Division and
Eighty-ninth [Indiana] Regiment, of the Third Division, with the
Ninth Indiana Battery, together with one brigade of General Lee's
cavalry, to make a reconnaissance up the Bayou Rapides to Hender-
son's Hill, some 24 miles distant, when he encountered the Second
Louisiana Cavalry and captured a portion of it, with a battery of four
guns, with caissons, horses, and equipments complete. Number of
prisoners taken about 275, 20 of the number officers, with 150 horses.
Our loss very slight. I will make a more complete report as soon as
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. J. SMITH,
Maj. Gen. W. T. SHERMAN,
Commanding Department of the Tennessee.
P. S.—General Lee, commanding the cavalry, is the only portion
of General Banks' army yet arrived. General Franklin is within
two days' march, with the infantry and artillery. General Banks
is looked for hourly from New Orleans by the river. The river is
now rising, and I hope we will be able to ascend it with our gun-
boats and transports soon after the arrival of the forces from below.
A. J. S.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Saint Louis, Mo., November 1, 1865.
General J. A. RAWLINS,
Chief of Staff to Lieutenant-General Grant,
Washington, D. C. :
GENERAL : I have the honor to transmit you herewith the very
interesting report of Maj. Gen. A. J. Smith, with sub-reports and
statistics of the operations of his command up Red River, La., in