Statistics for occurrence #1 of “General Banks” in chapter 14, page 173 of Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8.:
... easily reduced, for its garrison was weak.
This would have opened communication, by the Mississippi River, with General Grant at Vicksburgh.
But the strength of the place was not then known, and General Banks resumed his operations by the Teche and Atchafalaya.
In the latter part of March, Colonel Clarke was sent with a small force up the Pontchatoula, and destroyed the railroad bridge at that place.
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