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The Battle of Kock's/Cox's Plantation

July 12-13, 1863 in Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Union Forces Commanded by:
Brig. Gen. Godfrey Weitzel and Brig. Gen. Cuvier Grover
Forces Killed Wounded Captured
- 430 k&w - -

Confederate Forces Commanded by:
Brig. Gen. Tom Green
Forces Killed Wounded Captured
- 33 k&w - -

**Missing and Captured
Conclusion: Confederate Victory


Following the surrender of Port Hudson, 2 Union divisions were shifted to Donaldsonville by transports, to move inland and pacify the interior. They marched up Bayou Lafourche, a division on each bank. Brig. Gen. Tom Green posted a brigade on the east side of the bayou and placed his 2nd brigade on the other side.
As the Union forces advanced, skirmishing occurred on July 11 and 12. On the morning of the 13th, a foraging detachment set out along both banks of the bayou. Upon reaching Kock's Plantation (Saint Emma Plantation) they met Confederate skirmishers that forced them back. Then, the Confederates flung their might against the Union troops which kept retiring although they tried to make stands at various points.
The Union troops eventually fell back to the protection of the guns in Fort Butler at Donaldsonville, about 6 miles from Kock's Plantation. A much smaller Confederate force had routed the Federals. The expedition failed, leaving the Confederates in control of the interior.
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