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15,000. Our own forces engaged on the 8th were near 15,000, but
they were put into action consecutively, and so the cavalry and the
Thirteenth Corps were beaten. On the 9th instant our forces en-
gaged numbered about 10,000; the Thirteenth Army Corps and the
cavalry took no part in this engagement. At midnight of the 9th,
our forces again fell back, and on the 11th reached the Red River at
The loss of this regiment in the engagement of the 9th instant
was 9 killed, 58 wounded, and 29 missing. The missing in this
action are nearly all from our companies, and are probably killed,
wounded, and prisoners.
In both of these actions both officers and men of the regiment
behaved admirably. If any deserve- special praise I shall mention
Capt. George W. Randall, of Company E, who, though separated
from the battalion by order of the brigade commander, and severely
wounded in the shoulder in the earlier part of the action, was last to
retreat, first to reform his company, and among the last to relin-
quish the pursuit, and with the exception, of an hour given to the
dressing of his wound has remained with his company up to this date.
I would also mention Sergt. Edmund R. Shaw, of Vassalborough,
the color-bearer of the regiment. He behaved with marked coolness
and gallantry throughout the day and received a severe and dan-
gerous wound in the knee. Sergeant Shaw is likely to be perma-
nently disabled and deserves a commission in the Invalid Corps.
Among the killed in the action of the 9th is. First Lieut. Sumner
N. Stout, of Company E, a most gallant and esteemed young officer.
His loss is formally reported in a letter which accompanies this re-
port. Colonel Benedict, the brigade commander, was killed in the
action of the 9th, leaving the brigade in command of Colonel Fes-
senden, of this regiment.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient
THOS. H. HUBBARD,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Comdg. Thirtieth Maine Infantry.
[Brig. Gen. L. THOMAS,
Adjutant-General U. S. Army.]
HEADQUARTERS THIRTIETH MAINE VOLUNTEERS,
Alexandria, La., April 28, 1864.
CAPTAIN : In pursuance to instructions and of paragraph 742,
Revised Army Regulations, I have the honor to submit the following
report of the marches performed by this regiment between April 21
and April 26, 1864, on the route from Grand Ecore to Alexandria,
and of its conduct in the affair of April 23 at Cane River Crossing :
At 3 p. m. of April 21, orders were received that the army would
march at 5 o'clock, and that the Third Brigade, First Division, Nine-
teenth Army Corps, to which this regiment is attached, would report
for orders to General Birge. At 4.30 o'clock the regiment broke,
camp on the Pleasant Hill road ; moved by the landing to the river
road ; crossed the Cane River 1 mile below Grand Ecore, and with
few halts marched in a southeasterly direction, down the island
formed by the Cane and Red Rivers, 20 miles. The regiment halted
and bivouacked at 2.30 a. m. of the 22d April with General Birge's