Islands Nos. 70 and 71 we were fired upon by guerrillas, who were concealed behind a breast-work constructed of logs. They fired probably 100 shots and fled. The fire was returned as promptly as possible. The forces seen were supposed to be from 50 to 75 men. I though it policy not to leave the boat, the willows and brush being very thick.
Our loss was 1 man killed, 2 mortally wounded (who died the next morning), and 4 severely wounded.
Twenty-seven shots struck the boat.
Lieutenant Colonel Twenty-first Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Commanding
Lieutenant JAMES B. COMSTOCK,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 23, 1864.- Expedition from Vicksburg, Miss., to Waterproof, La., and skirmishes.
Report of Captain Joseph M. Anderson, Eightieth Ohio Infantry.
March 4, 1863.
SIR: In compliance with the Special Orders, Numbers 27, dated Vicksburg, Miss., January 27, 1864, I herewith inclose a full report of the late expedition to Waterproof, parish of Tensas, La., under my command. a weekly report would have been made to you, as the above order states, had it not been reported to me that your office wa removed to the field. Whereupon regular weekly reports have been sent to General McArthur, of which I now send you a consolidated report.
First. After arriving at Waterproof, La., on the afternoon of the 29th January, 1864, I sent a small scouting party out some 8 miles, capturing on the plantation of Mr. Tullis 2 mules and 1 double-barrel shotgun; also capturing at the residence of L. V. Reeves (rebel senator) on the same night 2 prisoners, 2 navy revolvers, and 2 horse belonging to same; same night captured Stephen Cuney (rebel spy) and horse.
Second. Captured on the 31st day of January, 1864, on the plantation and at the residence of Eli Bowman, 3 horses, 2 saddles, 2 cartridge-boxes, 50 pounds shot, 2 bowie knives, 2 small pistols. I recaptured Union mail, $296 in silver, $500 in gold, and 1 U. S. musket.
Third. Captured on the 1st day of February, 1864, on the plantation of William A. Beck, 1 horse; same date on Mr. Hay's plantation, 2 mules; same date on the plantation of Mr. Shields, 7 mules; same date on the plantation of F. Roys, 1 horse and 5 mules; same date from off the plantation of Mr. Leach, 3 mules; also the same date taken from refugee negro recruits, 14 mules, and recruited 40 recruits, besides 150 contrabands from off rebel plantations.
Fourth. Captured off the plantation of Mr. Belsonger, on the 4th of February, 1864, 6 mules and 1 horse.
Fifth, captured on the 6th day of February, 1864, off P. H. Dieffenwierth's plantation, 4 mules.