Skip to comments.FROM NEW-ORLEANS: Commencement of the Siege of Port Hudson; PRELIMINARY FIGHTING (6/3/1863)
Posted on 06/03/2023 6:18:10 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
The steamship Creole, COUCH, from New-Orleans May 24, via Havana 28th, with merchandise and passengers to LUDLAM, HEINEKEN Co., arrived yesterday. She experienced in the Gulf a heavy southeast gale of sixty hours' duration, and has had heavy southeast winds, with squalls of rain, since leaving Havana.
June 1, THEODORE KLUSEN, a seaman, fell from the topgallant yard, striking a passenger, Mr. HENRY READ, of Lowell, Mass., on the back, receiving severe internal injuries. Mr. REED was not seriously injured. The passengers, with praiseworthy benevolence, immediately subscribed a large sum of money for the benefit of the injured seaman.
The Creole was detained three days by the Government to transport troops to Port Hudson.
The steamer Geo. Cromwell, also advertised to leave on the 24th, was taken by the Government on the evening of the 23d for the same purpose.
Col. DAVIS, of the First Texas cavalry, had made an expedition from Pass Mancliac striking the Jackson Railroad at Tickfaw Station, and destroyed every bridge and all the station-houses, including that across the Tangipaha River, as far as Camp Moore. At independence a large car-factory, with a number of gun-carriages, was burned, and one Lieutenant, and forty-three men were captured.
The object of these movements is pretty clearly indicated in the appended important communication to the [???] dated Port Hudson Plains, May 22, which announces the opening engagement of the siege of the famous rebel stronghold.
On the 21st AUGUR's whole division was engaged in nine hours' fight with the enemy. The battle-field was Port Hudson Plains, four miles in the rear of Port Hudson, on the Bayou Sara road. The rebels were thoroughly whipped. They had one brigade of infantry engaged, besides two batteries and a considerable force of cavalry.
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From New-Orleans: Commencement of the Siege of Port Hudson – 2-4
From Fortress Monroe: The Gunboat Alert Accidentally Sunk – 4
Important from Alabama: The Rebels Under Roddy Defeated by Col. Cornyn at Florence – 4
Department of the Cumberland: Compensated Labor – 4
The Siege of Vicksburg: The Siege Progressing Well – 4-5
Rebel Reports from the Mississippi: Gen. Banks Preparing for an Attack upon Port Hudson – 5
News from Washington: Our Special Washington Dispatches – 5
Editorial: An Early and Large Conscription – 5-6
Removal of Gen. Hunter – 6
After Vicksburgh – 6
Lemons – 6
Amusements this Evening – 6
Better keep an eye on the Rebel force reported in the Culpepper, VA. The report is vague as it does not define “large”.
“No alarm exists in the Army of the Potomac . . .”
I wonder if there was a young intelligence officer in DC crapping his pants yet? In hindsight, these breadcrumbs are starting to show up in the paper every day.
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