The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

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Vhe Diary of Captafi Veorge W. O'fric, 1863
Edited by COOPER K. RAGAN
[The following is a continuation of the George W. O'Brien
diary, begun in the July, g963, Quarterly.]
Sept. 28 Monday--At daylight came an order to prepare two days
rations and be in readiness to march at 4 P.M. Gen Green with his
Brigade72 will make the attack in front while Mouton's and Speight's
Brigades:3 taking the old road will strike the Morganza road in their
rear and cut off their retreat in that direction, while Philip's Regt.74
72General Tom Green was in command of all Confederate troops on the Atcha-
falaya. His old brigade, formerly Sibley's consisting of the 4th, 5th, and 7th Texas
Cavalry Regiments, was commanded by Colonel Arthur P. Bagby. In this operation
these troopers were dismounted. Waller's 13th Texas Cavalry Battalion, commanded
by Major Hannibal H. Boone, and Rountree's Texas Cavalry Battalion, under the
command of Major Leonidas C. Rountree, were also part of the brigade. Green's
or Bagby's brigade during the early part of the 1863 campaign, together with
Major's brigade, was in Mouton's division. Later, command of all the cavalry in
General Taylor's army having been given to General Green, General Mouton was
placed in command of the Sub-District of Southwestern Louisiana.
73Mouton's old brigade under the command of Colonel Henry Gray consisted at
this time of the 28th Louisiana Infantry (Colonel Henry Gray), the 24th Louisiana
Infantry or Crescent Regiment (Colonel A. W. Bosworth), and the 12th Louisiana
Infantry (Confederate Guards Response) Battalion (Lieutenant Colonel Franklin
H. Clack). In this operation Speight's Texas brigade was commanded by Lieutenant
Colonel James E. Harrison and was composed of the 15th (Speight's) Texas Infantry
(Major John W. Daniel), the 31st (Hawpe's) Texas Cavalry, dismounted (Major
Frederick J. Malone), and Companies C, D, and E of the 11th (Spaight's) Texas
Volunteer Battalion (Lieutenant Colonel Ashley W. Spaight). Fifteen cavalrymen
from Company A of Waller's battalion under Lieutenant R. N. Weisiger were also
attached.
74The 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Arizona Brigade, was first commanded by Colonel
Joseph Phillips, a Virginian. It was organized in early 1863 by a con-
solidation of the 3rd (Madison's) Battalion, Arizona Brigade, and three inde-
pendent companies. Dissatisfaction among the officers and men arose because
Colonel Phillips, although rated an excellent officer with experience in the Penin-
sula campaign of Virginia in 1862, was a strict disciplinarian, a non-Texan, and
had been appointed regimental commander by General Magruder rather than
elected. Oficial Records, Series I, Vol. XXVI, Pt. 2, 45-47, 57, 66. Colonel Phillips
was killed on June 28, 1863, when the Confederates unsuccessfully attempted to

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