April 15, 1863

17Wednesday.  Started on the march up the bayou about 7 o’clock towards New Iberia, towards which the enemy are retreating.  About 60 prisoners marched with us under guard of a Co. of the 26th Me.  We marched till between 11 & 12, when we halted at Harding’s planta[t]i[o]n,  the junction of the road with the straight road from Franklin.  Here our Reg. rec’d orders to return to Franklin to do provost guard duty, while the rest of the Brigade pushed on in pursuit of the retreating rebels.  We halted an hour for dinner, then marched back by the shorter route, & reached Franklin about 3 p.M.  Pitched our tents on the sidewalk, in front of a fine house standing back from the street.  Cooked our supper & [two illeg. words].  Just after dark the 3 Cos. That were left at Brashear city marched up the street in command of the Major.  They came be steamer to the place when Weitzel began the fight on Sunday, about 12 miles below here, & marched from there this afternoon.  They left Brashear Tuesday afternoon.

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection]


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