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held the battery for a moment when re-enforcements of the enemy
drove us back in great disorder. I was the only mounted man
left in the brigade. I rode down mong the retreating men and
stopped the color bearer of the Fourth Louisiana and formed
the brigade on the colors and called Colonel Hunter, the rank-
ing officer, to take command.
Colonel Hunter was raised in Baton Rouge and knew every
path from his boyhood. I asked him if he knew the location
of Captain Semmes's battery. He told me he knew exactly where
it was. I went to the place; 'twas in forest growth; and to my
astonishment I found the whole army had retired. General
Griffin of the Mississippi Brigade had been severely wounded.
General Clark of the Alabama Brigade had been severely
wounded, and they had retired for half a mile. I rode to the
place as directed by Colonel Hunter, and I was captured there
I was placed upon the gunboat Essex in the Mississippi River.
Just previous to being placed upon the boat I had fainted, and
after some cold water was dashed in my face, I was given a
drink of strong whiskey. When I arrived on the deck of the
from Texas, says Lovell is not present. Official Records, I, 15, pp. 54
"At this point, Colonel Allen, commanding the brigade, while press-
ing forward with the colors in his hand, had both legs shattered, and
Lieutenant-Colonel Boyd received a severe wound. This produced con-
fusion, and the enemy at the same moment throwing forward a strong
re-enforcement the brigade was forced back in some disorder. It was
rallied by the efforts of Colonel Breaux, Lieutenant-Colonel Hunter, and
other officers, and, although it did not further participate in the assault,
it maintained its position under fire from the gunboats and land bat-
teries of the enemy."--Report of Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge, C. S.
Army, commanding expedition, of engagement at Baton Rouge and occu-
pation of Port Hudson. Ibid., p. 78.
1"Captain Blount, brigade inspector of Second Brigade, rendered gal-
lant service in the field. It is believed he has fallen, as nothing has
been heard of him since."-In report of 1Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge,
Ibid., pp. 76-82.
"Captain Blount was assigned to duty as inspector of the brigade.
During the journey from Camp Moore he lost his horse and had been
relieved from duty as inspector 'by the commanding general. He, how-
ever, secured -a horse, and in the thickest of the fight reported himself
for duty to me. I gave him from time to time several orders to exe-
cute, which he did in a very prompt and gallant manner. I see he is
reported a prisoner in New Orleans. This is a mystery to me."-In
report of Colonel H. W. Allen, Fourth Louisiana Infantry, commanding
Second Brigade, in Ibid., pp. 100-101.
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