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I neglected to state sooner that I had taken the precaution to for-
tify my decks as much as possible with hay, hard bread, and every
available article, so that my men were quite well protected from
musketry, to which precaution and the admirable coolness with which
my sharpshooters played upon the enemy I attribute in a great
measure my escape with so little loss.
Mr. Thaddeus Sederburg, the head pilot on the steamer Sioux
City, disgracefully deserted the pilot-house when the first shell was
fired, leaving Captain Woolfolk (of whose coolness and bravery I
cannot speak in too high terms) alone at the wheel. The second
pilot, Mr. Lewis Allen, at the time below, went to the pilot-house.
While the boat was under fire, the chief engineer did his full duty.
The steamer Black Hawk was also fired upon with artillery and
musketry from the same point, three of the shells striking her.
One man wounded, but not of Company A. The steamer Meteor
was also fired upon by the same battery, one shot entering the pilot-
house. None of Company C wounded. Company I was ordered to
steamer John Warner, and from her to steamer Universe, receiving
while on the latter below Campti, on the 14th instant, a heavy fire
of musketry from the west bank of the River ; no casualties. The
various transports reached Grand Ecore during the afternoon of the
14th and on the 15th instant.
Total casualties, 1 killed and 11 wounded. I take this opportunity
to manifest my appreciation of the coolness and bravery displayed
by the officers and men of my regiment under such trying circum-
stances, and feel that they are true soldiers and may be relied upon
in any emergency.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
THOMAS W. HUMPHREY,
Colonel, Commanding Regiment.
Lieut. JOHN M. READ,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
Reports of Brig. Gen. William H. Emory, U. S. Army, command-
ing First Iiivision and Nineteenth Army Corps.
HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Grand Ecore, La., April 12, 1864.
MAJOR : In obedience to orders from headquarters, I have the
honor to submit the following report of operations of the First
Divison at the battles of Sabine Cross-Roads and Pleasant Hill on
the 8th and 9th instant : At 3.40 p. m. on the 8th, while bivouacked
at a stream 7 miles east of Sabine Cross-Roads, I received orders to
march to the front with two days' rations. A delay of a few minutes
was caused in issuing the rations, when the division marched rapidly
forward without a single halt. When within 3 miles of the field of
battle the head of my column was met by a cloud of fugitive negroes
on horseback, followed soon after by masses of cavalry, wagons, and
ambulances in the utmost confusion. The head of my column, un-
daunted by this awful spectacle, only quickened their pace to the
front. About this time I received several messages from the major-