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No. 12. Report of Captain J. M. Magruder, of skirmish at Montesano Bridge.


March 9, 1863.

GENERAL: My pickets at the Monteasno Bridge have just been driven in by the enemy. The enemy crossed on some drift-wood and planks at the bridge. One of our men, I am afraid, mortally wounded. I am near the bridge with about 50 men, watching their movements. I do not think it an advance in force. It was a cavalry force that attacked us. I will send a prompt account of any movements the enemy may make. I have o news from the plank road, which sustains me in the impression that no movement in force is contemplated. I will place pickets at Montesano Bridge again to-night. At present I think the enemy are at the bridge lying in ambush for us. There is great excitement in Baton Rouge to-day. The Yankees appear to have been fighting a sham battle all day. The firing of musketry has been continuous all day.

I am, general, very respectfully,


Captain, Commanding Bayou Sara Picket Post.

Major-General GARDNER.

MARCH 21-30, 1863. - Expedition from New Orleans to Ponchatola, La., and skirmishes.


No. 1. - Brigadier General Thomas W. Sherman, U. S. Army, commanding Defenses of New Orleans.

No. 2. - Col. Thomas S. Clark, Sixth Michigan Infantry, commanding expedition.

No. 3. - Lieutenant Col. Abel Smith, jr., One hundred and sixty-fifth New York Infantry.

No. 4. - Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton, C. S. Army, commanding Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana.

No. 5. - Major F. Dumonteil, Assistant Adjutant-General, C. S. Army.

No. 6. - Major M. R. Clark, Assistant Adjutant-General, C. S. Army.

No. 7. - Lieutenant Col. H. H. Millier, Twentieth Mississippi Infantry.

No. 1. Report of Brigadier General Thomas W. Sherman, U. S. Army, commanding Defenses of New Orleans.


March 27, 1863.

COLONEL: In reply to the verbal directions of Major-General Banks, conveyed by one of his aided this morning, I have the honor to state that no official report has yet been received from Colonel Clark, Sixth Michigan, in command of the expedition ot Ponchatoula; but for the immediate information of the general, which I have received from a