The Official Site of Fort DeRussy, Louisiana
of the role of the 14th Iowa Vol. Inf.
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 Lieut. Col. Joseph H. Newbold, Fourteenth Iowa Infantry, of the capture of Fort De Russy.
HEADQUARTERS FOURTEENTH IOWA INFANTRY,
On the Steamer Ewing, March 15, 1864.
COLONEL: In compliance with instructions from your headquarters I hasten to send
you a list of the killed and wounded, and also a report of the part taken by the
Fourteenth Iowa in the capture of Fort De Russy, March 14, 1864. On nearing the enemy,
posted within his fortifications, two companies of my command, D and I, under Capt.
W. C. Jones, Company I, were ordered to deploy as skirmishers to the right of the
road, where the enemy's fortifications <ar61_360> were supposed to be situated. Much
of the ground passed over was wet and swampy, yet the advance was in good order and
without a halt, until they reached the outer works of the enemy, within 350 yards
of the main fort. The enemy seeing this opened fire on them from the fort, which
was returned with telling effect. This was the opening of the battle. I sent out
another company, under Lieutenant King, Company K, which took position in the swamp
on the left of the other skirmishers, and did good execution. These three companies,
aided by one company of the Thirty-
Officers and men acted nobly. None were killed. Below is a list(*) of the wounded, which I am happy to know is very small.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOSEPH H. NEWBOLD,
Lieut. Col., Comdg. Fourteenth Iowa Vol. Infantry.
Col. WILLIAM T. SHAW,
Commanding Second Brigade.