Report of Capt. John McClure, Fifty-seventh Ohio Infantry
HDQRS. FIFTY-SEVENTH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRYSIR: In compliance with your request to furnish you with an account of the part taken by the Fifty-seventh Ohio in the late march upon Rolling Fork, during the time the same was under my command, I have the honor to report as follows:
Young’s Point, La., March 28, 1863.
On the afternoon of March 19, 1863, I assumed command of the Fifty-seventh Ohio. Nothing worthy of note on that afternoon.
On the 20th of March nothing of interest transpired.
On the afternoon of the 21st, I marched the regiment to the steamer Eagle, then lying at the mouth of Muddy Bayou, and placed it on board of that boat, on which we were carried through Steele’s Bayou to the mouth of Black Bayou. At this point I transferred the regiment to a coal-boat, and we were taken some 2 miles up that bayou, at which point we disembarked and marched to the cotton-gin on the Hill plantation, where we remained that night.
On the morning of the 22nd, I received your order to march with two day’s rations in haversacks. Owing to a scarcity of rations at Hill’s plantation, I was compelled to move my command on less than half rations of hard bread, without meat, coffee, sugar, rice, hominy, beans, or potatoes. We took position in the rear of the brigade, and marched along the south bank of Deer Creek for 13 miles, at which place we came up with the gunboats, at 3 p.m. of that day. By your order, I marched the Fifty-seventh Ohio back to the Montauk Mounds, and encamped for the night.
On the morning of the 23rd, we took up line of retreat, and halted for the evening at Watson’s Mills, where we encamped for the night.
On the morning of the 24th, we again took up line of retreat, and marched to Hill’s plantation, where we arrived about 11 a.m. of that day, at which time you assumed command of the regiment.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN McCLURELieut. Col. A.V. RICE
Captain, Commanding Fifty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Comdg. Second Brig., Second Div., Fifteenth Army Corps.