420 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [Cusp. XLVI.
Itinerary of the First Division, Nineteenth Army Corps, April 1-30.*
April 1.—The division marched from a point 3 miles in rear of
Monett's Ferry, Cane River, La. ; crossed the ferry and encamped
at Cloutier's plantation, about 18 miles.
April 2.—Reached Natchitoches, La.
April 6.—Left Natchitoches ; marched to Bayou Dupont, about
April 7.—Marched to Pleasant Hill, about 17 miles.
April 8.—Marched to bayou, about 8 miles ; halted there by orders
from corps headquarters. About 4 p. m. received orders to march
toward Mansfield, La., to re-enforce the Cavalry Division and Thir-
teenth Corps, then hotly engaged. Arrived there about 5.30 p. m. ;
engaged and repulsed the enemy ; marched about 10 p. m., bringing
up the rear of the army, to Pleasant Hill.
April 9.—About 5 p. m. was attacked by the enemy and repulsed
April 10.—At 2 a. m. marched to Grand Ecore, La.
April 22.—Marched from Grand Ecore to Cloutierville.
April 23.—Brigadier-General Emory having been ordered to as-
sume command of the army to attack the enemy's position at Cane
River Ferry, Brigadier-General McMillan assumed command of the
division, and during the engagement supported the artillery and
skirmished with the enemy. At night moved across the ferry about
April 24.—Marched about 17 miles ; encamped on Bayou Rapides.
April 25.—Marched to Alexandria, where the division is now,
April 30, stationed.
Report of Brig. Gen. William Dwight, U. S. Army, commanding
First Brigade, of engagements at Sabine Cross-Roads and Pleas-
HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., FIRST DIV., 19TH ARMY CORPS,
Grand Ecore, La., April 12, 1864.
SIR : This command marched from Natchitoches on the morning
of the 6th April, in obedience to orders from the headquarters of the
division. It encamped late on the same evening just beyond the
bayou bridge on the road from Natchitoches to Mansfield, and about
16 miles from Natchitoches. This march was a fatiguing one, be-
cause of the delays caused by it coming in contact with many trains,
much artillery, and the Thirteenth Army Corps on the road. The
brigade marched early the next morning for Pleasant Hill, where it
encamped between 4 and 5 o'clock that afternoon on ground selected
by the division commander. The brigade marched next morning at
8 a. m., and bivouacked beyond the saw-mill on the Mansfield road,
about 8 miles from Pleasant Hill, by orders from headquarters. The
brigade remained in this bivouac for about two hours.
At about 3 p. m. orders were received from the division com-
mander to get in readiness to move to the front, with canteens filled
* From return for April.