448 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CRAP. XLVI.
night to a point 5 miles this side of Pleasant Hill, and placed in line
of battle behind an open field and on each side of the road ; that
about 2 a. m. yesterday he left the ranks and started for our lines.
Their stubborn resistance yesterday morning corroborates the state-
ment. It was reported among his commanders that Price was march-
ing down from Shreveport, and a part of his force had arrived.
I am, general, respectfully, yours,
A. L. LEE,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Cavalry.
Maj. Gen. WILLIAM B. FRANKLIN,
HDQRS. CAVALRY DIV., DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
Natchitoches, La., April 5, 1864.
MAJOR : I have the honor to report that, in obedience to orders
from Maj. Gen. W. B. Franklin, commanding U. S. forces near Nat-
chitoches, on the morning of the 2d instant I moved from this place
with the First, 'Third, and Fourth Brigades of the Cavalry Division
on the Shreveport road. Twelve miles from this point, at a bridge
just below White's Store, near where my own advance pickets were
stationed, the enemy's pickets were encountered. They were driven
rapidly, but were strongly re-enforced, and at Crump's plantation
retired behind a strongly posted body of their force. At this place
the road forks, in one direction leading to Many, in the other to
Pleasant Hill. The country, before this heavily wooded, here shows
an open field about a half mile square. On each road were planted
three pieces of artillery, which opened on our advance as it appeared.
The First Brigade, Col. T. J. Lucas commanding, led our column.
The Fourteenth New York Cavalry, in advance, charged with sabers
a body of the enemy, driving them in disorder, and capturing sev-
eral prisoners. The Sixteenth Indiana and Second. Louisiana
Mounted Infantry were immediately dismounted and thrown for-
ward as skirmishers, and a section of Rawles' battery (G, Fifth U.
S. Light Artillery) placed in position, supported by a battalion of the
Sixth Missouri Cavalry. While placing the section in battery, a
regiment of the enemy's cavalry charged it in column, approaching
within 20 yards, when they were received by a discharge of canister
and a charge by the Sixth Missouri Cavalry, before which they fled
in confusion. The fork of the road was now gained, but the wood
beyond was filled with dismounted skirmishers. An advance was
made by our force and the rebels were slowly driven from the shelter
of trees and ravines. The Fourth Brigade, Colonel Dudley com-
manding, joined in this skirmishing, and did good service. At 6 p.
m. the First Brigade had gained 4 miles on the Many road, and was
ordered to bivouac. The Fourth Brigade rested at a point 3 miles
from the fork. on the Pleasant Hill road ; the Third Brigade at the
fork. Positiv'e information was gained that Walker's and Mouton's
infantry divisions were in camp at Pleasant Hill, 8 miles distant.
At daylight the enemy was pressed on the Pleasant Hill road,
but showed strong force. Under my orders it was only left me to
withdraw my force, which retired slowly to the White Store, 12
miles from this place, where are still encamped two brigades, the
-Third retiring to this place,