The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 9
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Captain Thomas William Blount and His Memoirs
Legion in the service. This being about the first of August. While
there General John C. Breckinridge7 with three brigades of Con-
federate soldiers arrived on the expedition that culminated in the
Battle of Baton Rouge. General Allen" being placed in command
of a brigade requested General Breckinridge to furnish him a
competent officer to act as inspector general on his staff. The
position was offered to me by General Breckinridge. I accepted it
and reported to General Allen.
At General Allen's request along the line of march for two days
I commanded Captain Dickinson's company. Captain Dickinson
being a doctor was assigned to duty with the surgeons in the army.
When we formed the line of battle the first lieutenant of the com-
pany claimed the privilege of commanding it. I relinquished the
command and reported to General Allen as aide-de-camp on the
field. Right at this time was the most trying moment of my
career. There was a dead silence reigning in our front. No evi-
dence of life. A dense forest was in front of us. When General
Allen ordered me to ride out and find the enemy I suggested that
a company of skirmishers be deployed and develop the enemy. He
remarked that it was better to have one man killed than a dozen.
I rode out and took the fire of the pickets of the skirmish line and
found the enemy; then escaped back to the line and gave him the
benefit of what I saw of the position of the enemy. They shot my
hat off. If I had been that much taller (he measured off about
half an inch on his finger), I would not have been here.
After two hours heavy fighting the enemy were driven back and I
was ordered to go to General Breckinridge and say to him that the
enemy in our front was driven back, and ask for further orders.
General Breckinridge instructed me to tell General Allen to take a
Federal battery that had caused a great destruction of men and
horses by an explosion of a caisson of the Kentucky battery. I
delivered the order. General Allen at the head of his brigade
charged the battery, and when he was in fifteen steps of the battery
his horse was killed, and both of his legs were broken.9 We only
'Breckinridge left Vicksburg, July 27, and arrived at Camp Moore,
July 28. Official Records, I, 15, p. 76.
8Col. H. W. Allen commanded a regiment at the Battle of Corinth.
Official Records, I, 15, p. 489.
9Thos. W. Cahill, Colonel Ninth Connecticut Volunteers, reports Col-
onel Allen killed and states that William Blount, Captain of artillery,
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