War of the Rebellion: Serial 041 Page 0186 W. FLA., S. ALA., S. MISS.,LA., TEX., N. MEX. Chapter XXXVIII.

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We expect to be troubled for some time to come, as our force here is quite light. Mouton is reported as being 2,000 strong. This place will be defended to the last. The negro troops will be sent this p. m.

I have the honor to be, with much respect, your obedient servant,

THOS. S. DENNETT,

Captain, and Assistant Quartermaster.

I have ordered all our sick brought this side, and have telegraphed to Colonel Holmes to know the exact state of the case, and why he does not telegraph himself.

W. H. EMORY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Lieutenant-Colonel IRWIN.

HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF NEW ORLEANS,

New Orleans, June 1, 1863.

I have just received this further report from commanding officer at Brashear City:

A force of guerrillas, about 200, at Berwick, attacked us this forenoon, and were driven back. We are all moving our hospital as fast as possible. We expect an attack on the road at Bayou Boeuf to-night. Shall take all measures to repel the foe.

C. W. WORDIN,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

W. H. EMORY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Lieutenant-Colonel IRWIN.

JUNE 7-JULY 13, 1863.-Operations in Louisiana, west of the Mississippi.

SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS.

June 16, 1863.-Demonstration on Waterloo.

18, 1863.-Skirmish at Plaquemine.

19, 1863.-Raid on Bayou Goula.

20, 1863.-Capture of Thibodeaux.

20-21, 1863.-Engagement at La Fourche Crossing.

21, 1863.-Skirmish at Brashear City.

23, 1863.-Capture of Brashear City.+

24, 1863.-Skirmish at Chacahoula Station.

Capture of Union forces at Bayou Boeuf Crossing.

28, 1863.-Attack on Donaldsonville.

July 7-10, 1863.-Attacks on Union gunboats and transports on the Mississippi.

12-13, 1863.-Engagement on the La Fourche (Cox's Plantation, etc.), near Donaldsonville.

REPORTS.*

Numbers 1.-Brigadier General William H. Emory, U. S. Army, commanding Defenses of New Orleans, of operations June 7-28.

Numbers 2.-Captain Albert Stearns, One hundred and thirty-first New York Infantry, Provost-Marshal, of skirmish at Plaquemine.

Numbers 3.-Lieutenant Colonel Albert Stickney, Forty-seventh Massachusetts Infantry, of engagement at La Fourche Crossing.

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*See also General Reports, pp. 3-34, and Banks' reports of June 29 and July 6, pp. 46, 48.

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+See reports of Colonel John A. Keith, Appendix, p. 911.