MONTGOMERY WEEKLY ADVERTISER, January 7, 1863, p. 2, c. 6
We clip the following from the Vicksburg papers of the 30th ult.
On yesterday the most signal success of our arms was obtained at Willow Bayou, where the enemy attempted to advance on our works. Twenty-eight hundred of our soldiers engaged a force of eight thousand Yankees, and whipped them; killing over 200 and taking 300 prisoners, and capturing five stands of colors. . . Four of the five stands of colors captured by our army yesterday were displayed to the gaze of the curious in front of General Smith's headquarters last evening.
One belonged to the 29th Missouri, and had the following motto: "29th Missouri—From our St. Louis friends." This flag was very bloody, and must have been in the hottest of the fight.
Another bore the inscription: "58th Ohio—E Pluribus Unum," with a spread eagle embroidered in the middle. This was a splendid flag, and is very badly torn—a shell having passed through the centre.
Another is a plain United States flag, with the inscription: "13th Illinois," and is badly mangled.
The other belonged to the 31st Missouri, and seems to have been a battle flag, without any motto. This one is entirely uninjured. The Yankee who carried it must have dropped it while he was changing his base.