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battle at that place. At night fell back to Pleasant Hill, or Pleasant
Ridge, a distance of 12 miles, where it was actively engaged through
all the battle of Pleasant Hill on the 9th instant.
April 9.—At night fell back toward Grand Ecore, La.
April 11.—Arrived at Grand Ecore, a distance of 36 miles.
April 21.—Left at night for Alexandria. L.
April 23.—Marched to Cane River (lower crossing), and was en-
gaged in the battle of Cane River Crossing as reserve. That night
marched toward Alexandria, La.
April 27.—Arrived at Alexandria, since whigh time it has been on
duty in and around that place.
At Alexandria, La., the brigade was engaged until the morning
of 13th [May] in building a dam, for the purpose of raising the river'
to enable the fleet to pass over the falls, and in building fortifica-
May 13.—Left Alexandria for Simsport, La., where it arrived on
May 16.—The enemy were met in force on the prairie at Mansura,
but were finally driven from the field.
May 18 to 20.—Were occupied in crossing the Atchafalaya River.
Night of the 20th the brigade moved for Morganza, La.
May 22.—Arrived at Morganza.
Itinerary of the Third Brigade, First Division, March 15-May 22.*
March 15.—Left Franklin, La.; at 8 a. m., and marched about 20
miles, nearly to Jeanerette.
March 16.—On the move again at 7.30 a. m., and marched about
18 miles to Camp Pratt.
March 17.—Left Camp Pratt at 7.30 a. m., and marched 15 miles
to Vermillion Bayou.
March 18.—Left Vermillion Bayou at 6 a. m., and marched 18
miles to Bayou Boudreau.
March 19.—Left Bayou Boudreau at 6 a. m., and marched about
14 miles to Bayou Grand Coteau, near Washington, La.
March 20.—To-day the troops are resting.
March 21.—On the march again at 6 a. m. To-day we reached
Chotier's plantation, and marched about 14 miles. It rained to-day.
March 22.—Left Chotier's plantation this morning at 7 a. m., and
marched about 14 miles to Holmesville. The roads were very bad
March 23.—Left Holmesville at 6.30 a. m., and had a pleasant
march of 14 miles to Cheneyville, La.
March 24.—Left Cheneyville at 6 a. m., and marched 17 miles to
Bayou Roberts. It rained very hard in the afternoon.
March 25.—Left Bayou Roberts at 7 a. m., and marched 14 miles,
reaching Alexandria about 2 p. m.
March 26 and 27.—In camp at Alexandria, La.
March 28.—Left Alexandria at 9 a. m., and marched 17 miles to
Roberts' plantation, on Bayou Rapides.
March 29.—On the move again at 9 a. m., and marched about 5
miles ; encamped near Cotile, La.
* From returns for March, April, and May.