426 LOtrISIANA_ AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. tenAp. XLVL
where the First Brigade had gone into bivouac, but soon the divis-
ion moved forward and my regiment was ordered to remain and
guard the wagons and artillery which were left in camp at the old
saw-mill, which I did. The next morning at 4 a. in., 9th instant, I
rejoined my brigade at the old saw-mill, and took the rear of the
column en route for Pleasant Hill, where we arrived at 8.30 a. m. of
same day, and took up a position in the woods on the right of the
main road, where I remained until 5 p. m., when I received orders
to move my regiment up the main road leading from Pleasant Hill,
and to take up a position, the right of my regiment resting on the
road, and the line of battle directly diagonal across the wood ; also
to throw out my skirmishers with orders to hold their position and
not to fire a shot until the enemy made their appearance. I had been
here but a short time when the enemy made their appearance in a
strong force, drove in my skirmishers, and fired a terrific volley
into my regiment, which was handsomely met by my men, who
poured volley after volley and succeeded in driving them out of the
woods. Again they made their appearance and endeavored to turn
my regiment and left flankers, but were driven back pell-mell.
They again made several attempts to drive me from my position
without success. I maintained it until I was ordered to retire, my
ammunition being all exhausted, about 8 o'clock, and took up a new
position in the rear about 40 yards. About 2 a. in. of the 10th instant
I joined the brigade, and took our line of march for Grand Ecore.
We bivouacked about 2 o'clock on Sunday, the 10th instant, for the
night. Broke camp at 5.50 of the morning of the 11th instant and
reached Grand Ecore at 3.30 p. m. My men behaved nobly, and I
attach much credit to the noble manner in which my line officers
acted, and Lieutenant-Colonel Strain, Major Sammons, and Adju-
tant Davis rendered me valuable assistance in keeping my line
together and maintaining my position. The casualties are as fol-
Capt. OLIVER MATTHEWS,
Itinerary of the Second Brigade, First Division, Nineteenth Army
' Corps, March 15-May 22.i.
March 15.—The brigade marched from Franklin for Alexandria,
a distance of 150 miles.
March 25.—Arrived at Alexandria.
March 28.—Resumed the march, passing up Bayou Rapides ; thence
crossing Bayou Rapides we followed up the Old River, or, as it is
now called, the Cane River, to within 25 miles of Natchitoches, a dis-
tance of 45 miles.
Brigade marched from Cane River, 45 miles below Natchitoches,
La., to Sabine-Cross-Roads, near Mansfield, La., making a distance
of 93 miles, where it arrived on the 8th instant and fought in the
* Nominal list (omitted) shows 1 killed, 28 wounded, and 12 missing.
From returns for March, April, and May.
EDWIN P. DAVIS,