Statistics for occurrence #1 of “General Sherman” in chapter 43 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:

...n originated with General Halleck, who urged General Banks, with all his authority, to undertake it. This is, without doubt, the origin of the affair. After the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, General Sherman proposed to Admiral Porter an expedition to Shreveport, La., via Red River; but on careful inquiry it was found that the water was unusually low for the season of the year, and therefore the expedien...

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