Skirmish near Bayou Tensas (26th) and expedition from Goodrich's Landing to Bayou Macon, La (28th-31st), August 26-31, 1864 - Report No. 2
Report of Maj. Charles H. Chapin, Third U. S. Colored Cavalry
HDQRS. FIRST BATTLN., THIRD U. S. COLORED CAVALRY,
Goodrich's Landing, La., August 31, 1864.
SIR: Pursuant to orders from Colonel Webber I left camp August 28 at dusk; was overtaken by a storm four miles from camp, and encamped at night at the Transylvania plantation. On the morning of the 29th I marched as far as the Blackburn plantation, at the head of Lake Providence. I there found eight pairs of boots, which were distributed among the soldiers that were without boots. At 1 o'clock moved on as far as Goff's plantation, on Old River, where I captured the horses of two soldiers, who had made their escape on foot. Camped again for the night at Mr. Owen's plantation, one mile from Goff's. On the morning of the 30th started at daylight for Ashton, from there turned west, crossed Bayou Macon, found a good bridge crossing the Macon six miles west of Ashton. At the first plantation after crossing was a squad of soldiers, seven in number. Six were mounted; the one on foot was killed. Papers found on his person showed that he was a Captain Collins, of a Louisiana regiment. I turned down the bayou from that point toward Pinhook, eighteen miles distant. About six miles from Pinhook lived a Mr. Washburn. I found in his house a saddle belonging to one of the plantation scouts, also two of the negroes taken from the Tibbetts plantation; one trunk that was in the house was filled with goods taken from the Wilton place. I gave Mr. Washburn five minutes to remove his goods. I then set fire to the house and every building on the plantation. I then started for Mr. Shaw's, one and a quarter miles north of Pinhook. Mr. Shaw has been furnished with what goods he wanted by Mr. Charles Goff, a man by the name of Canihan acting as mediator between them. This Mr. Shaw told me in the presence of Lieutenants Calais and Sherman. I did not burn Shaw's place, but at Pinhook I left but one house standing. I left Pinhook at 2 o'clock for Floyd, met several soldiers on the way in small squads; most of them were shot before they could get away. Arriving at Floyd about sundown, I gave them five minutes' notice to remove goods, then burned about four-fifth of the town. Crossed Bayou Macon again an hour after dark, marched to Joe's Bayou and stopped for the night, marching a distance of fifty miles on the 30th with but one feed for the stock. There were ten men killed in all, 1 captain, 8 soldiers, and one man by the name of Bonner, who was engaged in carrying the mail. On the morning of the 31st I moved into camp at Goodrich's Landing, La., after carrying out all orders as nearly as I possibly could.
Trusting this may meet with all that was expected of my raid, I remain, yours to command.
CHARLES H. CHAPIN,
Major, Third U.S. Colored Cavalry.
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
SEE REPORT OF COLONEL A. WATSON WEBBER, FIFTY-FIRST U.S. COLORED TROOPS
SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series I, Volume 41. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.