428 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CHAP. XLVI.
March 30.—Broke camp at 11 a. m., and marched about 7 miles ;
encamped in the piney woods.
March 31.—Broke camp at 7 a. m., and marched 21 miles ; encamped
on the Old Red River.
April 1.—Broke camp at Red River Crossing at 11 a. m., and
marched to within 7 miles of Natchitoches.
April 2.—Broke camp at 8.30 a. m., and marched to Natchitoches.
April 3 to 5.—In camp at Natchitoches.
April 6.—Marched 15 miles and encamped at Sand Hill.
April 7 . —Broke camp at 8 a. m., and marched 20 miles to Pleas-
ant Hill. ?Âª
April 8.—Broke camp at 8 a. m. At 3 p. m. encamped in the
woods, 6 miles from Sabine Cross-Roads. At 4 p. m. moved forward
to the support of the Thirteenth Corps, which had engaged the
enemy under fire about an hour. At 10 p. m. fell back to Pleasant
April 9.—The brigade was under fire again at 2 p. m. The action
continued until dark, leaving our forces in possession of the field.
April 10.—Left Pleasant Hill at 2 a. m., and marched 20 miles
toward Grand Ecore.
April 11.—Broke camp at 6 a. m., and marched 12 miles to Grand
April 12 to 20.—In camp at Grand Ecore.
April 21.—Broke camp at 5 p. m., and marched with General
Birge's command 20 miles toward Cane River.
April 22.—Broke camp at 9 a. m., and marched 15 miles toward
Cane River Crossing.
April 23.—Broke camp at 6 a. pi. and reached Cane River Cross-
ing at 9 a. m. ; forded Cane River with General Birge's command,
and at 3 p. m. charged the enemy, posted on a high hill at the
crossing. The brigade was under fire about three-quarters of an
April 24.—Broke camp at 11 o'clock, and marched to near Cotile,
April 25.—Broke camp at 5 a. m. rejoined the division and
marched to Alexandria, where the brigade is now [April 30] en-
May 1 to 12.—Encamped at Alexandria, La.
May 13.—Left Alexandria at 7 a. m., and marched 15 miles to
May 14.—Moved at 5.30 a. m., and encamped at Bird's plantation,
about 6 miles from Cheneyville.
May 15.—Moved at 5 a. m., and marched to Marksville, La.
May 16.—Moved upon the enemy at 4 a. m. During the day a very
spirited artillery fight took place upon the open plain near Mansura,
May 17.—Broke camp at 6 a. m., and marched to Simsport, La.
May 18.—Brigade in bivouac at Simsport.
May 19.—Crossed and went into bivouac on the east side of the
May 20.—Broke camp at 7 p. m.
May 21.—Encamped at 1 a. m., moved at .6.30 a. m., and marched
to Old River.
May 22.—Moved at 10 a. m., and encamped within 3 miles of Mor-
ganza, on the Mississippi.