The Official Site of Fort DeRussy, Louisiana
of the role of the Second Brigade, Third Division, 16th Army Corps
in the capture of Fort DeRussy, Louisiana
From The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies in the War of the Rebellion, Vol. 34
Report of Col. William T. Shaw, Fourteenth Iowa Infantry, commanding Second Brigade, of the capture of Fort De Russy.
HDQRS. SECOND BRIG., THIRD DIV., 16TH ARMY CORPS,
Alexandria, La., March 17, 1864.
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that on the morning of the 14th of March, 1864,
my command, consisting of the Fourteenth, Twenty-
At about 4 p.m. I came within range of the guns on the enemy's work. I ordered the
Third Indiana Battery to take position on or near the main road leading to and within
800 yards of the fort and open fire immediately. I then deployed the Fourteenth Iowa
on the right and the Twenty-
My special thanks are due to Captain Cockefair, Lieutenant Ginn, and the other officers
and men of the Third Indiana Battery, for their promptness in bringing on the action
and the steady bravery with which they maintained their fire for nearly two hours
under the heavy fire of the enemy's batteries; also to Colonel Gilbert, Twenty-
A list of casualties has already been forwarded.
I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. T. SHAW,
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
Capt. J. B. SAMPLE,
Asst. Adjt. Gen., First and Third Divs., 16th Army Corps.