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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the war in the South-West. (search)
Churchill had arrived at Shreveport on the 21st at the head of this little corps. However, after having kept it two weeks Kirby Smith had at last decided upon sending it to Taylor. This important reinforcement had been moved upon Mansfield on April 4th: the announcement of its departure could be considered by Taylor as authorizing him not to hold back any longer. He asked nothing more to take the first opportunity to measure his strength with his adversary, of whose military inexperience hesantly drenched with blood that was shed by small bands that surprised isolated posts, captured detachments, pillaged the farms of inhabitants suspected of sympathy with the Union, and, not giving any quarter, spread terror everywhere. On the 4th of April one of these bands attacked in vain the little post of Roseville. It was driven off with loss, but it wreaked its vengeance in new massacres. We must now return to Alexandria, where we left Banks and Taylor facing each other, whilst Kirby