My continued search for new information on the Battle of Bayou Cache brought me into possession of Captain J.H. Burnham’s history of The Thirty-Third Regiment Illinois Infantry in the Civil War 1861-1865 (PDF). Though in my book that comes out late this year I feel I have described the battle more accurately than anyone else, I am not confident that my assessment of the order of battle is 100% correct. There are simply not enough collaborating descriptions of the battle to be absolutely sure. With Burnhamâ€™s description of the battle I was hoping to find maybe another piece to the puzzle, unfortunately as with so many other regimental histories, the focus of the book is on regiment pride, remembrance, and patriotism. Details are sparse, few and far between.
July 7, 1862, when we again met the enemy at what was called Cache River or Cotton Plant in Arkansas, a successful engagement of considerable importance, while we were on the march down the White River. Colonel Hovey was in command of our detachment, was wounded and was made Brigadier-general for his gallantry.
Our Students Company A was in the advance on this occasion when its captain, L. H. Potter, Normal Professor of Literature, was severely wounded.
I wonâ€™t recant the issues involved in this battle, for more information please follow this link: 11th Wisconsin.
If anyone has information please do not hesitate to contact me.