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

Notes and Documents

the Diary of Captait george W. O'griae, 1863
Edited by COOPER K. RAGAN
[The following is the conclusion of the George W. O'Brien
diary, begun in the July, 1963, Quarterly.]
Oct. 4 Sunday-Learned that we are to leave here tomorrow
morning for the Westward. It is said our destination is Belle Cheney
Springs. The enemy today refused to permit our surgeons to visit
our sick on the Fordoche under a flag of truce. Gen Green says
he will go over tomorrow to see them with or without a flag of
truce.92 It is said by the surgeon that the intention is to amputate
Burrell's leg tomorrow, also that Sol. West will die.
Oct. 5 Monday-Pursuant to an order received yesterday eve-
ning, the Brigade left this morning at sunrise. Everyone in ex-
cellent spirits and rumors of a Yankee demonstration below-a
fight, I suppose a small affair, reported between the 2 La. Cay.9 and
the enemy down there. Marched about 14 miles, arriving at our camp
about 1 P.M. After partaking of a little rest and refreshment Lt. [James
M.] Long and Myself borrowed the Adjutant's and Sgt. Maj.'s horses
and went out foraging and to see some of our men who had previously
left sick at Mr. Ash's. Rode 1-1/2 miles and got bottle of new wine made
by an old negro of wild grapes. We drank it all at 2 drinks. It
was very new and weak. Proceeding two miles further arrived at
Mr. A's. Found C[harles C.] Gentz nearly recovered and Bob [Rob-
ert L.] Gill and Cap [Douglas W.] Wilson entirely so. Asked if
we could not buy some honey there as we had understood they had
found a number of bee trees. They replied that Mr. A. was not
at home and we could get none at the house but that if we would
go to assist them, they knew where we could. We agreed at once
to go with them. Charley rode one of the horses and one of the
92General Green previously had suggested suspension of hostilities immediately
after the battle to allow the Federals to remove their wounded and to bury their
dead, which had been readily agreed to by the Union field commander. Later,
on October i, General Dana refused a similar request by Green so the Confederate
wounded could be brought off. Following Green's withdrawal, the Federals, ac-
cording to their reports, captured nineteen badly wounded Southern soldiers in
a house near the battlefield. Reports of General N. J. T. Dana, September 3o,
October 2, 1863, Official Records, Series I, Vol. XXVI, Pt. i, 322-324.
9sThe 2nd Louisiana Cavalry was commanded by Colonel William G. Vincent.
The affair mentioned took place at Nelson's Bridge near New Iberia on October 4,
1863. Report of General Alfred Mouton, October 4, 1863, ibid., 393.

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