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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 42: Red River expedition.--continued. (search)
but there was no one hurt. As the vessels were light, Lieutenant-Commander Cooke could do nothing against the enemy. The Admiral directed him to return with him, as he should need his vessels, and shortly after took possession of Fort De Russy. It was a strong work, with three casemated guns and a flanking battery nearly at right angles, calculated to mount seven more guns. Now, be it remembered, the Navy took possession of Fort De Russy--no very important event — on the morning of May 5, 1863, while General Banks only started on that day from Opelousas, distant, he says, from Alexandria, one hundred miles; yet he claims to have caused the evacuation of the post, enabling the Navy to pass up to Alexandria without firing a gun. (!) How he could get in the rear of De Russy and cause its evacuation, when he had not started from Opelousas until late on the day it was captured by the Navy, is a mystery, and military men should make a note of it for future reference. There was no op