Report of Brig. Gen. Hugh Ewing, U.S. Army, commanding Third Brigade
HDQRS. THIRD BRIG., SECOND DIV., FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Young’s Point, La., March 29, 1863.
SIR: I have the honor to submit the following
report of the operations of my brigade in the late expedition to Rolling
An order to move at 6 a.m. of the 17th instant
was received at 11.30 p.m. of the 16th, and, at the time specified, I marched
along the levee to the upper landing, embarked upon transports, and arrived
at Eagle Bend on the evening of the same day.
On the morning of the 18th, I ordered Colonel
Parry of the Forty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to debark his regiment,
and construct bridges over two impassable crevasses in the levee skirting
Muddy Bayou. The bridges were completed at 12 m. on the 19th, and the troops
of the First and Second Brigades passed over to Steele’s Bayou.
On the 20th instant, I ordered Colonel Parry
to construct a wagon and artillery road from the head of Muddy and Steele’s
Bayous, and Colonel Lightburn, of the Fourth West Virginia, to clear a channel
through Muddy Bayou sufficient to admit the passage of flat-boats.
On the morning of the 22d, I embarked on transports,
and moved up Steele’s Bayou, leaving Colonel Parry, with his regiment,
and Colonel Lightburn, with one company of the Fourth, to complete the
road and channel; debarking on Hill’s plantation, at the mouth of Deer
Creek, on the morning of the 23d. On the same day, by order of General
Stuart, I sent the Fourth West Virginia, under Lieutenant-Colonel Dayton,
up the left-hand fork of Deer Creek, to meet the gunboats and infantry,
which were then returning; and also ordered the Thirtieth Ohio up the west
side of Little Deer on picket and patrol.
On the 24th, Colonels Parry and Lightburn,
with their commands, were ordered to join the brigade, which they did the
On the evening of the 24th, Colonel Siber,
of the Thirty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with his regiment, proceeded
up the left fork of Deer Creek, to reconnoiter, and, if possible, discover
the force of the enemy reported approaching in that direction.
At noon on the 26th, I embarked on the gun
and mortar boats; at 7 p.m. on the 27th, reached the mouth of the Yazoo;
at 11 p.m. changed to transports; and at 12 m., disembarked at my camp
at Young’s Point.
Colonels Lightburn and Parry labored earnestly
and successfully at the work assigned them.
I will forward regimental reports to-morrow.
I have the honor to be, captain, very respectfully,
your obedient servant,
Capt. C. McDONALD
Text and Maps:
THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A COMPILATION OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE
UNION AND CONFEDERATE ARMIES PREPARED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE SECRETARY
OF WAR, BY BVT. LIEUT. COL. ROBERT N. SCOTT, THIRD U.S. ARTILLERY AND PUBLISHED
PURSUANT TO ACT OF CONGRESS APPROVED JUNE 16, 1880.
The US Government Printing Office
Volume: XXXVI: Pages 430-667
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