Report of Col. Joseph A. J. Lightburn, Fourth West Virginia Infantry
HDQRS. FOURTH WEST VIRGINIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRYSIR: I have the honor to submit a report of the part performed by my regiment in the late expedition to Rolling Fork, pursuant to orders from brigade headquarters.
Camp opposite Vicksburg, Miss., March 29, 1863
On the morning of the 17th instant, I marched to Youngís Point, embarked on the transport Silver Moon, and proceeded to Eagle Bend. Disembarked on the morning of the 19th, and bivouacked on Senator Gwinís plantation.
On the 20th, received orders to clean out Muddy Bayou.
On the 22d, was ordered to send forward nine companies of my regiment, under command of Lieut. Col. J.H. Dayton, which I did, keeping one company to prosecute the work assigned, near Muddy Bayou. Lieut. Col. J.H. Dayton proceeded, with his command, to the head of Black Bayou; disembarked at Hillís plantation.
On the 23d, proceeded up the left-hand fork of Deer Creek, meeting the infantry and gunboats some 5 miles above Hillís plantation.
On the 24th, in connection with Colonel Parry, of the Forty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was ordered forward with the remainder of my command, and rejoined the expedition at Hillís plantation on the morning of the 25th.
On the 26th, at 12 m., embarked on the gunboats Louisville and Pittsburg, and arrived at Youngís Point on the evening of the 27th.
No casualties to report, excepting my assistant surgeon, who was severely injured by a limb falling on his head, wounding him severely and injuring him otherwise.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J.A.J. LIGHTBURNCapt. G. LOFLAND
Col., Comdg. Fourth Regt. West Virginia Volunteer Infantry
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General
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