616 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CRAB. XLVI.
battle-field from Gettysburg to Glorietta. Had a portion of our
forces been where I was informed they were an hour and a half be-
fore the engagement at Norwood's plantation (Yellow Bayou), the
rear guard of the enemy's army would have been utterly destroyed.
As it was, 30 of his dead were left on the field, 65 graves marked
" Killed in the action of the 18th May," besides his wounded carried
off by him. As to the loss you inflicted on him, from prisoners re-
cently captured we learned it to be 800 killed and wounded at the
battle of Norwood's.
Your advance guard are now watering their horses in the
Mississippi River, whither you will shortly follow. On short ra-
tions and scanty forage, in the saddle day and night, you have
neither murmured nor complained. In all your trials and dangers
the veteran Second Louisiana Cavalry have been by your side ; they
have shared your dangers and are participants in your glory.
During the entire retreat the different batteries of artillery, either
acting separately or under Colonel Brent or Major Semmes, dis-
played the most marked skill and gallantry. Tliey were particularly
distinguished in the engagements at Mansura and Yellow Bayou. I,
as your commanding general, honor you for your deeds, and thus
acknowledge my appreciation of your successes. General Taylor
cheerfully accords to you the meed of his approbation, and in his
own time and way will signify his admiration. A grateful people
will cherish the record of your gallantry.
JNO. A. WHARTON,
B. F. WEEMS,
Report of Col. George W. Baylor, Second Arizona Cavalry, com-
manding Major's cavalry brigade, of operations April 7-18.
HEADQUARTERS MAJOR'S BRIGADE,
In the Field, Louisiana, April 18, 1864.
CAPTAIN : I have the honor to report that on the 7th instant Col-
,onel Madison's regiment began skirmishing with the enemy's ad-
vance, falling back slowly. Colonel Lane formed our brigade to
receive the enemy. My regiment was placed on the left wing, and
was strongly posted on the crest of a hill, being dismounted. Col-
onel Madison having fallen back, was ordered to support me, and
took position on my right (left center), Lane's regiment on the right
center, and Chisum's on the right wing. The enemy charged boldly
up to within 50 yards of our position, but the men stood their ground
firmly, loading and firing with great coolness. This close work soon
became too hot for the enemy, and when we charged them with a
yell they broke in confusion. Here Lieut. W. T. Brown, of Com-
pany E, fell mortally wounded ; Lieut. F. B. Chilton, commanding
Company B, wounded severely, both of Baylor's regiment. We
drove them back nearly a mile, when we found them in greatly
superior force, and were obliged in turn to fall back to prevent being
flanked. Our ammunition being nearly exhausted, Colonel Lane