Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 2, May, 1999 Page: 119
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Reminiscences of the Old Brigade
pected as rebels. Just at this time a captain of
artillery came down the lines, (Yankee) and
supposing us to be the railroad hands coming
to assist in defence of the place; he pulled off
his hat and beckoned us on. Some of the boys
supposing this to be a challenge to come if you
dare, and though orders were expressly given
not to fire until you get among them, fired at
the gentleman, killing his horse, and with one
accord all, with a terrific yell, set forward in a
run, and soon were among the tents, capturing
all the sick, and those who had not yet com-
pleted their toilets. The men on the lookout
come tumbling down, and the batteries ceased
firing on Green. But about 100 blue coats, con-
centrated along the track, and behind the cars,
and for a time halted the company. Soon, how-
ever, Waller's and the 2nd La. came up, and
with one more yell and charge the day was ours.
Major Hunter's column capturing the fort with-
out any resistance, and the garrison of the en-
tire post fell into our hands, with the exception
of the colonel commanding and a few offices,
who escaped on a gunboat. The supplies of the
quartermaster, commissary and ordinance stores
were immense; we also captured two locomo-
tives, 80 cars, 1800 prisoners, 12 seige pieces,
many small arms, and as Gen. Banks expressed
it, obtained possession of the key to Louisiana
and Texas (Berwick's bay.) Our forlorn hope
lost three killed and twenty-one wounded.
While the account of this forlorn hope, by
my old comrade, is as good as can be given,
yet in one or two little incidents, my recollec-
tion differ from his.
Just back of the forts was a field. In the
edge of this many of the enemy were camped.
The forlorn hope passed within seventy-five
yards of the camp-fires, and could see and hear
the enemy talking; yet they paid no attention to
That captain of artillery was riding a big
black horse, and when he made the dare, if I
remember correctly, Phil Clough, our leader,
who had himself given the order not to fire,
turned his double barreled shotgun loose on him.
My recollection further is, that we were not
then more than forty yards apart; at any rate,
horse and man went down and the ball opened.
The attack on Brashear was the result of a
plan formed by Gen. Taylor, by a combined
movement of Major Green and Monton to drive
the enemy into New Orleans and succor
Vicksburg and Port Hudson, our forces to meet
at a certain time on the La Fourche, and not-
withstanding Green and Major started over a
hundred miles a part, and both fought battles
and captured many prisoners on the way yet
they met to the minute at the appointed
The cause of such success in these com-
bined movements were, that he told Texans what
he wanted done, and when he wanted it done,
and then left them free, as a committee of ways
and means, to execute. And if this had been
done more, and Texans and officers given more
scope, the result of the war might have been
As to the crossing of the bay, my recollec-
tion is that the 4th and 7th were placed in a lot
of skiffs and sugar coolers on the west side of
the bay with instructions to go to the assistance
of the forlorn hope, as soon as their guns
opened; and they did so. As they reached the
eastern shore those in the boats, being anxious
to participate in the fray, would jump out, and
the hind end of the skiff would sink. In this
way my recollection is that Capt. Linn and a
good many of the boys got "ducked," and some-
what wet ...
Moving from Berwicks down to the Boeuf
we found Gen. Major and got as mad as two
wet hens. From his boys we learned that the
2nd had attacked the fort at Lafourche crossing
near Thebadeaux, and that Pyron and Walker
were both badly wounded, and fifty of his men
killed. Pyron with the 2nd attacked with their
usual gallantry, and took the fort. Their am-
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