444 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CRAP. xLvi,
Report of Lieut. Col. John C. Chadwick, Ninety-second U. S. Col
ored Troops, of action near Moreauville.
HDQRS. NINETY-SECOND U. S. COLORED TROOPS,
Morganza, La., June 13, 1864.
GENERAL : I have the honor to report that on the 17th of May,
while acting as a part of the convoy to the trains of the recent Red
River expedition on their passage from Mansura to Yellow Bayou,
near Simsport, this regiment was ordered out as Hankers and skir-
mishers. Soon after entering the woods the enemy was discovered
in some force, and was at once engaged. Skirmishing with them
continued for an hour and a half, which resulted in their being forced
back, and a safe passage to the trains guaranteed. This was the first
time this regiment, as a whole, had been engaged with the enemy,
and I must say that their conduct was as good as that of any new
troops. There were instances of cool courage and determined brav-
ery which would compare with the conduct on the battle-field of any
veteran. Antoine Davis, acting first sergeant of Company E, was
shot in the head, left breast, and groin by the same weapon, a pistol,
in the hands of a rebel cavalryman, but could not be moved from
his ground until the shot in the groin laid him upon the earth. He
received the enemy's fire with the muzzle of the pistol resting against
his left breast. I regret to be obliged to report his death in hospital
at New Orleans on the night of the 22d instant. The regiment was
and is now armed with the Springfield smooth-bore musket, of
very inferior and defective quality, many of them becoming useless
at the first fire.
Nine of the enemy are known to have been killed. The casualties
in this command are as follows, viz : Killed, 2 ; wounded, 4 ; miss-
ing, 6 ; total, 12. -
I have the honor to be, general, your very obedient servant,
JNO. C. CHADWICK,
Lieut. Col., Comdg.*Ninety-second U. S. Colored Infantry.
Brig. Gen. L. THOMAS,
Adjutant-General U. S. Army.
Itinerary of the Cavalry Division, Department of the Gulf, March
The First, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Brigades, Second Massachu-
setts Battery, and Battery G, Fifth U. S. Artillery, were concen-
trated at Franklin, La., by the 10th instant.
March 14.—This force, Brig. Gen. A. L. Lee commanding, left
Franklin for Alexandria via New Iberia, Opelousas, Washington,
and Cheneyville, and arrived near Alexandria on the 19th, having
captured a few stragglers, but encountered no force of the enemy.
At Alexandria was General A. J. Smith's infantry command.
*From returns for March, April, and May,