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hed lies apart from the present narrative, while the battles and skirmishes growing out of it find a proper place here. At the time of the battle of Baton Rouge, Aug. 5, 1862, it is probable that Butler's whole active force did not exceed seven thousand men, having been reduced almost one-half by disease and other losses since he first entered New Orleans. He was promised recruits in the autumn, but knew nothing farther; and it was not until he and General Banks met in New Orleans on December 15 that Butler knew himself superseded. Irwin, 19th Army Corps, p. 60. President Lincoln had been strongly impressed with the remarkable energy shown by Banks when appointed in command of the defences of Washington, under McClellan, at the close of Pope's campaign. Within forty-eight hours a mob of thirty thousand wounded men and convalescents, who knew not where to go, and of stragglers, who meant not to go where they were wanted, was cleared out of the streets of Washington and pan