Commodore Farragut opened fire on the Rebel Batteries at port Hudson at an early hour this morning after a sharp engagement of 3 hours. He succeeded in running the flag ship (Hartford) & Albatross a past their Batteries with a loss of 200 men & one gun boat named Mississippi. After Gen Banks learned the Result of the fleet he fell back toward B. R. [Baton Rouge] left one Div. at Montinceanie Bayou where it Remained until the 18th & then were moved on the West side of the river to call the attention of the enemy...
Mar 15 (continued)
while he went through the Teche country [Bayou Teche] with about 10,000 men.
1st Division moved Back to Baton Rouge from the West Side of the River.
P.H. [Port Hudson] May 27
This morning at 6 o'clock the Bombardment was commenced on P.H. The 18th N.Y. Battery opened a steady fire. 161st Regt. 2nd LA, 30th & 50 Mass Regts. supported it until 8 am when Gen Grover attempted to Storm the Fortifications and an Order came for our Brigade to Reinforce him which was done in haste but failed to assist him any as he was Repulsed before we got on the spot. The loss on our side today is Not known but is very heavy. Gen Pane Was wounded.
[Cuvier Grover was born in Bethel, ME in 1828, graduated from the US Military Academy in 1850, was transferred to the Department of the Gulf in December 1862 and commanded a division in the 19th Corps during the capture of Baton Rouge and the Siege of Port Hudson; he died 6 June 1865 and is buried in West Point Cemetery. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuvier_Grover]
Halbert E. Paine, 1826-1905, was a lawyer, politician and general in the Union Army during the Civil War; he entered the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War & took part in the siege and Battle of Port Hudson suffering a wound that required the amputation of his leg. Paine resigned from the Army in 1865, died 14 April 1905 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halbert_E._Paine]
P.H. June 14th 1863
Gen Grover and Gen Auger with part of his Div. [division] made an assault on the Rebel works this morning & was Repulsed with a heavy loss. The Rebels kept up a steady fire from behind their works until Dark. They would not accept of a flag of truce therefore...
P.H. June 14 (continued)
we we could not get our wounded off the field. A number of our Dead lied on the top of the earth four days before they was Buried.
July 8th 1863
Gen. Gardner commanding the Confederate forces at Port Hudson surrendered the fort & call the government property with 5,000 prisoners to Gen Banks Com (commanding) U.S. forces. Immediately after the surrender Gen Banks sent 4,000 Rations in for the Rebel prisoners.
This morning at 9 o'clock Gen Banks forces marched inside & took possession of Port Hudson. It is very evident that the Rebels has actually Suffered During the Siege & have actually lived on mule meat for the last 4 days previous to the surrender. In the afternoon general Dudley's Brigade was marched on Board the River Boats & at 8 o'clock started Down the River.
Near Donaldsonville - July 13th 1863
We Slept on arms last night expecting an attack & at sunrise the enimy commenced firing from a long Distance with artillery. They [were] promptly Replied to by our artillery that with some picket skirmishing was kept up until Noon. When the Rebs got Reinforced so they numbered 8,000 against us while we only numbered 3,000 & then they advanced on us & we [were] obliged to fall back to Donaldsonville. Our loss is about 500.
Dudley & Taylor (?)
Sabine Pass - Sept 8th 1863
The Union fleet got in the mouth of Sabine Pass at noon & at 3pm the Satchem & Clifton began to fire on the Rebel Batteries. The engagement lasted 2 hours when the Clifton & Satchem [were] Blown up & the Remainder of the fleet was obliged to Back out across the Bar & the Arizona got aground again & lied there until midnight when the tide Raised so we Drifted off across the Bar.Our loss is two gun Boats with 15 guns & 150 men.