A detail from my company was made this morning, to go on guard. One of the men did not care to go, on pretence of having a lame leg. He went to the Surgeon, and told him of his lameness, when the Surgeon asked him to hold out his tongue. My man replied "What has my tongue to do with my leg?"
, New Orleans August 9, 1862.
Soldiers of the Army of the Gulf:
Your successes have heretofore been substantially bloodless.
Taking and holding the most important strategic and commercial positions, with the aid of the gallant navy, by the wisdom of your combinations, and the moral power of your arms, it has been left for the last few days to baptize you in blood.
The Spanish conqueror of
won imperishable renown by landing in that country and burning his transport ships, to cut off all hope of retreat. You, more wise and economical, but with equal providence against retreat, sent yours home. Mexico
Organized to operate on the sea coast, you advanced your outposts to
, the capital of the State of Baton Rouge , more than two hundred and fifty miles into the interior. Louisiana
Attacked there by a division of our rebel enemies, under command of a Major General recreant to loyal Kentucky, whom some of us would have honored before his apostasy, of doubly superior numbers, you have repulsed in the open field his myrmidons, who took advantage of your sickness, from the malaria of the marshes of Vicksburg, to make a cowardly attack.
The Brigade at
has routed the enemy. Baton Rouge
He has lost three Brigadier-Generals, killed, wounded and prisoners; many Colonels and field officers. He has more than a thousand killed and wounded.
You have captured three pieces of artillery, six caissons, two stand of colors, and a large number of prisoners.
You have buried his dead on the field of battle, and are caring for his wounded. You have convinced him that you are never so sick as not to fight your enemy? if he desires the contest.
You have shown him that if he cannot take an outpost after weeks of preparation, what would be his fate with the main body. If your General should say he was proud of you, it would only be to praise himself; but he will say he is proud to be one of you.
In this battle, the Northeast and the Northwest mingled their blood on the field—as they had long ago joined their hearts—in the support of the
stood by Michigan , Maine supported Massachusetts , Indiana aided Wisconsin , while Vermont , represented by the sons of the ever-green shamrock, fought as our fathers did at Boyne Waters. Connecticut
While we all mourn the loss of many brave comrades, we, who were absent, envy them the privilege of dying upon the battle-field for our country, under the starry folds of her victorious flag.
The colors and guidons of the several corps engaged in the contest will have inscribed on them, "
." Baton Rouge
To complete the victory, the iron-clad steamer
, the last naval hope of the Rebellion, hardly awaited the gallant attack of the Arkansas Essex, but followed the example of her sisters, the Merrimac, the , the Manassas , and the Mississippi , by her own destruction. Louisiana
By command of
R. 8. Davis, Captain and A. A. A. G.