464 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [Ova.. XLVI.
36 enlisted, men were captured here, chiefly from the relieving force.
This body of the enemy was as completely surprised as the other.
Captain Doxey, with two companies of the Sixteenth Indiana, had
the advance on entering the rebel camp, but infantry was soon de-
ployed on his right, and the mounted and dismounted men advanced
in line, capturing almost without resistance the astonished enemy.
Four pieces of artillery were captured, two by the mounted men as
they were being brought into action. I do not know the number of
prisoners captured, as they were immediately turned over to the in-
fantry. I suppose 300 officers and men and 400 horses were taken.
I am gratified to state that Colonel Redfield's command captured the
enemy's famous scout Smith and 15 of his men. At daylight next
morning I was directed to make a reconnaissance to Bowles' Ford,
where we surprised and captured a picket post of a lieutenant and 6
men. Further on we captured 2 more men. On returning, was
directed to move to camp 10 miles from Alexandria, guarding the
rear of the infantry. My loss was 2 mea killed and wounded and 3
missing. Will report their names at once.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. J. LUCAS,
Colonel, Comdg. First Brigade, Cavalry Division.
Capt. F. W. EMERY,
Report of Capt. Francis H. Whittier, Thirtieth Massachusetts
Infantry, Acting Assistant Quartermaster, Fourth Cavalry Bri-
gade, of wagons lost at Sabine Cross-Roads.
HDQRS. FOURTH BRIGADE, CAVALRY DIVISION,
In the Field, Grand Ecore, April 18, 1864.
COLONEL : In reply to the communication referred to me this day
by you from headquarters Cavalry Division, requiring a statement of
the number of wagons lost during the engagement of the 8th instant,
and further as to the orders I received in regard to the same, I
would respectfully state that on the night of the 7th instant my
train was parked at Wilson's farm, about 3 miles beyond Pleasant
Hill. It consisted of eighty-five 6-mule army wagons (the mules in
excellent condition and the wagons in good order), eight 2-horse
ambulances, and one 6-horse medicine wagon, loaded with medical
stores. At an early hour on the 8th instant it was moved forward,
in rear of the train of the First Brigade, in obedience to an order
received from headquarters Cavalry Division. During the forenoon
of the 8th instant, about 10 or 11 o'clock, the head of the train
reached a creek near Carroll's Mill, from 5 to 6 miles this side of
the battle-field of Sabine Cross-Roads. Heavy skirmishing being
reported and heard in front, the train of the First Brigade was halted,
thereby compelling me to halt my train. My standing orders from
you were, when firing was heard in front to any considerable extent,
to draw my train out on the side of the road when possible to do
so, in order to permit troops or artillery to pass either way ; and
also to so arrange my train that I could easily pass it without coll.