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The Battle of Donaldsonville

June 28, 1863 in Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Union Forces Commanded by:
Maj. Joseph D. Bullen
Forces Killed Wounded Captured
- - - -

Confederate Forces Commanded by:
Brig. Gen. Tom Green
Forces Killed Wounded Captured
- 39 112 150*

**Missing and Captured
Conclusion: Union Victory


On June 28, Brig. Gen. Jean Alfred Mouton ordered Brig. Gen. Tom Green's and Col. James P. Major's brigades to take Donaldsonville. The Union had built Fort Butler, which the Rebels had to take before occupying the town. On the night of the 27th, Green, within 1 1/2 miles of the fort, began moving troops ahead to attack.
The attack started soon after midnight, and the Confederates quickly surrounded the fort and began passing through the various obstructions. Unfortunately, those troops attacking along the levee came to a ditch, unknown to them, too wide to cross, that saved the day for the Union garrison. A Union gunboat, Princess Royal, came to the garrison's aid also and began shelling the attackers.
Futile Confederate assaults continued for some time but they eventually ceased their operations and retired. This point on the Mississippi remained in Union hands and many other Mississippi River towns were occupied by the Federals: the Confederates could harass but not eliminate these Union enclaves.
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