CHAP. XLVI.] THE RED RIVER CAMPAIGN. 425
Itinerary of the First Brigade, May 1-22. *
May 1.—The brigade was at Alexandria, La., on the Red River
expedition., the Twenty-ninth Maine being across the river at work
on the dam for the relief of the naval squadron.
May 2.—The brigade, except Twenty-ninth Maine, went out toward
Cheneyville with trains for forage ; opposed by superior force of the
enemy ; skirmished all day ; killed 3 and wounded others ; our loss,
May .—The One hundred and sixteenth New York sent over
river to work on dam.
May 5.—Forage rations reduced one-third ; rations of troops re-
May 9.—The One hundred and sixteenth New York transferred
to Third Brigade.
May 13.—Marched down Red River to Osborne's plantation, 12
May 14.—Passed Wilson's Landing and Choctaw Bayou.
May 15.—Marched to Marksville, cavalry skirmishing, 12 miles.
May 16.—Marched through Marksville, the First Brigade skir-
mishing all morning on the extreme left of Federal line ; 2 wounded
in the One hundred and sixty-first New York ; bivouac at Bayou De
G-laize, 16 miles.
May 17.—Marched to Simsport without opposition, 8 miles.
May 19.—Crossed on transports and marched up the Atchafalaya,
May 20.—Marched to Mississippi River and down, 12 miles.
May 21.—Marched through Williamsport, 13 miles.
May 22.—Marched to Morganza Bend, Mississippi River, and went
into camp, 3 miles.
Report of Col. Edwin P. Davis, One hundred and fifty-third New
York Infantry, of engagements at Sabine. Cross-Roads and Pleas-
HDQRS. 153D REGIMENT NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS,
Grand Ecore, La., April 12, 1864.
CAPTAIN : I have the honor to submit the following report of the
campaign since we left Natchitoches : On the morning of the 6th
instant (Wednesday) I broke camp at Natchitoches at 7.30 a. m.,
joined my brigade, and took up 'a line of march in direction of Pleas-
ant Hill. After proceeding about 17 miles we bivouacked for the
night at 5.30 p. m. At 5.30 a. m. of Thursday, the 7th instant, we
broke camp and took up line of march ; reached Pleasant Hill about
4 p. m. and went into bivouac about 5 p. m. Heard firing in our
front ; rumors of our cavalry having engaged the enemy.
The next morning; being Friday, we broke camp at 6 a. m. My
regiment was detached from the brigade, being detailed as rear guard
to the division trains to relieve the Thirtieth Maine Volunteers, which
I did at 11 o'clock that day. At 3 p. m. I reached the old saw-mill,
* From return for May.