so long as he could retain Bailey and A. J. Smith.
He had no apprehension of not getting through; for, with Smith's division and the gun-boats, the Navy could have held this position against all the Confederate forces at that time on Red River.
The Admiral got very tired of General Banks' letters.
He at first tried to soothe him, but at length sent him the following communication, which put an end to the correspondence:
Mississippi Squadron, Flag-Ship Cricket, Off Alexandria, May 11th, 1864. Major-General N. P. Banks, Commanding Department of the Gulf, Alexandria, La.:
General--Colonel Wilson called to see me this morning, and seemed to think the Navy were relaxing their exertions above.
There is really nothing that can be done to the Carondelet until the water rises.
The channel in which she lies is a cut channel in the shape of an S, and when the bottom of a vessel is wedged in it there is no use in attempting to haul her through; only water can help us, and we want