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Banks had been building up rainbows during March, 1863.
Every expedition sent out by him was, directly or indirectly, connected with the expedition up Red river.
Weitzel had previously been despatched to move up the Teche, and having heard of the arrival of the Confederate vessels Queen of the West and Webb at Butte-à--la-Rose, he naturally wanted some gunboats for himself.
Without a superior force of these at Berwick bay he could not longer hold his position on the Atchafalaya.
On April 8th, Banks left New Orleans on a new expedition.
He reached Brashear City, where Weitzel's brigade was stationed, and immediately ordered Weitzel to cross the bay, followed closely by Emory.
Grover, from Bayou Boeuf, reached him about 1 p. m. On April 10th, Banks' general plan was to move upon Bayou Teche, with a probable attack upon our force at Pattersonville.
After this he purposed proceeding to New Iberia to destroy the salt works near that town.
Banks was crossing on the 9th, 10th and