A letter from Lansing Porter to his wife, Elizabeth, explaining that he cannot give a proper location to her because General Weitzel has shipped his brigade up the Mississippi. Lansing writes that they passed through the rebel occupied Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and then marched down the east bank of Bayou Lafourche where they met rebel hostility between Napoleonville and Labadieville. He tells her that 80 to 90 were killed and wounded and that 140 rebel prisoners were taken. He also writes that the rebels made a stand at Thibodeaux where slaves were digging trenches but then fled at the sight of the Union soldiers. He adds that there are many rumors from soldiers sent along the Western Railway of fields of rotting sugar cane, deserted plantations, and slaves.