470 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CHAP. XLVI.
ments were executed in a manner highly creditable to Colonel Chrys-
ler and his regiment. Discovering that the enemy had evacuated in
great haste, as soon as the regiment could be mounted the Second
New York pursued them, but, unfortunately, not understanding the
roads, were misled and the enemy escaped with his artillery. The
Second New York was encamped for the night about 8 miles beyond
the ferry ; the balance of my brigade I encamped about a half mile
below the ferry. I marched on the morning of the 24th instant,
covering the flanks of the train, encamping on Bayou Rapides, about
3 miles below Henderson's Hill. On the morning of the 25th, I
marched my brigade on the flank of the train and on the opposite
side of Bayou Rapides through Alexandria, and encamped on General
Bailey's plantation, about. 5 miles below the town. During the whole
march my command captured — prisoners.
Throughout the whole march my command behaved to my entire
satisfaction. The Eighteenth New York Cavalry, commanded by
Colonel Byrne, having the advance .at the time the position of the
enemy's artillery was developed, drove the enemy handsomely, and
to Colonel Byrne and his regiment my thanks are due. The Third
Rhode Island Cavalry was ably commanded by Capt. Asa A. Ellis,
and did well what was required of them. To Captain Perry and
Captain Morey, of my staff, I desire to express my appreciation of
their valuable services. A portion of the Third Rhode Island Cav-
alry, just arrived in the department and on their way from New
Orleans to Alexandria, was attacked while on transports in Red
River. I inclose report of Lieutenant-Colonel Parkhurst, who com-
manded the detachment at the time. I also inclose a detailed report*
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
0. P. GOODING,
Capt. F. W. EMERY,
Assistant Adjutant.General, Cavalry Division.
Report of Capt. William Davis, Eighteenth New York Cavalry, of
engagement at Sabine Cross-Roads.
HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH NEW YORK CAVALRY,
Camp near Grand Ecore, La., April 13, 1864.
SIR : I have the honor to report the part taken by my squadron in
the battle near Mansfield, on the afternoon of the 8th instant. Being
temporarily attached to Brigadier-General Ransom, commanding
detachment of Thirteenth Army Corps, was left by him on the road
near i. miles from the battle-field. Having nothing to do, and no one
to give me any instructions, I reported to Colonel Lucas, command-
ing First Cavalry Brigade, who ordered me to form on the right of
the Fourteenth New York Cavalry. Reported to Major Bassford,
of the Fourteenth, who assigned me to the position ordered by Col-
onel Lucas, and remained there during the whole time they were
under fire. Being left on the field when the Fourteenth retired, and
* Not found.