CHAP. xLVI.1 THE RED RIVER CAMPAIGN. 447
May 15.—The march was continued on the Marksville road. The
rebels were posted at the entrance to Avoyelles Prairie with ten
pieces of artillery, but were driven slowly back during the day by
the First and Third Brigades through the village of Marksville,
when they opened a heavy artillery fire on the advance, checking it.
May 16.—The First and Third Brigades advanced cautiously, skir-
mishing with the enemy, who were found in line of battle near the
village of Mansura. The infantry forces advancing to engage them,
they were soon forced to retire. General Arnold was ordered to the
rear, where the Fourth and Fifth Brigades, supported by a detach-
ment of the Thirteenth Army Corps, was stationed. The rebels
opened with artillery on the Fifth Brigade near Marksville, but
soon retired toward Cheneyville.
May 17.—The rebels attacked the Fourth Brigade near Moreau-
ville, and heavy skirmishing continued throughout the day, in which
the Fourth and Fifth Brigades lost several men killed, wounded, and
missing. The First and Third Brigades having arrived at Sims-
port, the Fourth and Fifth encamped near Yellow Bayou.
May 18.—The rebels threatened the rear guard, when Brig. Gen.
A. J. Smith, with detachments from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth
Army Corps and the Fourth Cavalry Brigade, moved out to meet
them. A desperate fight ensued, in which the rebels were defeated,
the cavalry behaving with great gallantry and losing heavily.
May 19.—The trains crossed the Atchafalaya.
May 20.—The command marched for Morganza, where it arrived
on the 21.st.
May 24.—The Third and Fourth Brigades, and Battery F, First
U. S. Artillery, were assigned to the Nineteenth Army Corps as
cavalry forces Nineteenth Army Corps ; Col. Edmund J. Davis,
First Texas Cavalry, was assigned to the command.
May 26.—General Arnold, with the First and Fifth Brigades, and
Battery G, Fifth U. S. Artillery, marched via Waterloo and Plaque-
mine to Donaldsonville, La., arriving on the 30th. The command
went into camp, while General Arnold and staff proceeded to New
Orleans by water.
Reports of Brig. Gen. Albert L. Lee, U. S. Army, commanding Cav-
alry Division, of operations April 4-13.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION,
Natchitoches, April 4, 1864.
GENERAL : A deserter from the Sixteenth Texas has just been sent
me from the front. He speaks freely, and reports that on the even-
ing of the 2d, Walker's and Mouton's divisions were at Pleasant Hill.
Mouton's division consisted of two brigades—Mouton's and Polig-
nac's ; Walker's division of four brigades—Scurry's, Randal's,
Hawes', and one other whose commander he cannot name ; that these
brigades consist of about four regiments each ; that his brigade
(Scurry's) has four regiments, Fitzhugh's, Allen's, Waterhouse's, and
Flournoy's ; each regiment has about 300 men for duty ; that after I
had driven their cavalry from Crump's Hill, on the evening of the
2d instant, Mouton's brigade and Scurry's were advanced at mid-