424 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS,-MISSISSIPPI. [CRAP. XLVL
flank of the One hundred and fourteenth New York Volunteers. I
immediately ordered the Twenty-ninth Maine Infantry, under Colonel
Beal, to move so as to clear the left flank of this regiment from annoy-
ance, and I directed the One hundred and sixty-first New York Vol-
unteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Kinsey, to move in column of companies
upon the road to clear it of the enemy, if necessary with the bayonet.
This movement was executed with promptness. The officers, and par-
ticularly Lieutenant-Colonel Kinsey, who commanded, are deserving
of especial praise and mention. At this time this brigade was en-
tirely surrounded by the enemy with the exception of the ravine
on its right, and balls were falling into its position from all direc-
tions—a most trying position for the soldiers of this brigade, and
one which fully attests their steadfastness and devotion. Having
cautioned the three regiments, viz, One hundred and fourteenth Nev
York Volunteers, One hundred and sixteenth New York Volunteers,
and One hundred and fifty-third New York Volunteers, which were
in position, to remain firm, and on no account to give way in the least
or to retire, I afterward moved the Twenty-ninth Maine Volun-
teers and One hundred and sixty-first New York Volunteers in such
a manner as to protect the flanks of the other regiments and the
right of the army. These movements were made under the eye, and
for the most part under the immediate direction, of the brigadier-
general commanding the division. Neither of these regiments did
much firing, but the attacks upon the three other regiments were
incessant, and their fire was constantly maintained until darkness
put an end to the battle. The attacks of the enemy upon the posi-
tion of this brigade continued to the end, and showed the enemy to
be in force near my position up to the time when all firing ceased.
In their movements and entire conduct during this day, the regi-
ments of this brigade were steady and extremely well behaved, while
the fire of the three regiments that remained in position could not
have been improved.
I would call especial attention to the One hundred and fifty-third
New York Volunteers, which on this occasion made its first appearance
on a battle-field. The officers and soldiers of this command have
received my thanks for their conduct on these two trying occasions.
My thanks are due to the members of my staff, Capt. Oliver Matthews,
assistant adjutant-general ; Capt. Chitty, acting assistant inspector-
general ; Lieut. D. C. Payne, aide-de-camp ; Lieut. S. S. Fairchild,
aide-de-camp ; Lieutenant Fillebrown, ordnance officer, and Lieut.
S. W. Phinney, provost-marshal, for the faithful and gallant man-
ner in which they performed all their duties. The efficiency of Capt.
Oliver Matthqws is especially worthy of attention. I was imme-
diately accompanied during both battles by my brother, Mr. D. A.
Dwight, who rendered me much efficient service. I would most
respectfully call the attention of the brigadier-general commanding
the division to Colonel Beal, of the Twenty-ninth Maine Volunteers,
and to his peculiar fitness for a higher command. I inclose a list
of casualties. * This brigade retired from Pleasant Hill to this point
with the main body of the army.
I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient serval. t
. Brigadier-General, Commanding Brigade.
Capt. DUNCAN S. WALKER, ?Âª
*See p. 260.