398 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [Cam,. XLVI.
Dwight. I have this moment learned from a citizen that a part of
Major's force has crossed the Atchafalaya at Morgan's Ferry, and is
yet crossing. Their pickets are now within 8 miles of this place. I
shall send out in the morning to find them if there.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. H. EMORY,
Maj. GEORGE B. DRAKE,
Special field return of the First Division, Nineteenth Army Corps, commanded by
Brig. Gen. William H. Emory, U. S. Volunteers, after the action of April 9, 1864,
at Pleasant Hill, La.
HEADQUARTERS, April 13, 1864.
W. B. FRANKLIN,
WICKHAM HOFFMAN, Major-General, Commanding.
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,
No. 48. Simsport, La., May 18, 1864.
Soldiers of the First and Second Divisions, Nineteenth Army Corps !
It is my duty to express to you my high appreciation of your uni-
form good conduct throughout the late eventful campaign. This
duty is rendered more imperative by the false reports of your opera-
tions which have met you at this point. On the 8th of April, at the
first notice that our troops in the front were engaged, the First
Division, the only troops of the Nineteenth Corps there present,
marched in double-quick time 7 miles to the front, formed line of
battle under fire of the enemy, checked him, and drove him back,
under circumstances the most trying that could befall troops. The
whole advance, composed of 8,000 or 10,000 troops, were thrown back
upon you in utter disorder and confusion, pell-mell with the enemy.
You formed line of battle under fire of the enemy, and amidst this
frightful disorder, with the regularity of forming for parade, you
drove the enemy from before you, and held the ground until ordered
to fall back. The next day at Pleasant Hill you of the First Division
bore the brunt of the enemy's furious attack, and only one brigade,
that on the left, gave way, because its left was unsupported ; but this
soon rallied and joined in the final charge which drove the enemy
from the field. On the 23d, at Cane River, you, supported by the
Thirteenth Army Corps, found the enemy strongly' posted to dis-
pute the crossing of the river. Led by the Third. Brigade of the
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6 43 18 261 3 369 689 243
4 1 14 1 5 25 8
6 47 19 275 4 374 714 251
Killed. Wounded. Missing.
First Division :