nd General Banks, whose force was too light to attempt the capture of Port Hudson at that time, whose garrison was reported to be sixteen thousand effective men, returned to Baton Rouge; not, however, with the intention of abandoning the enterprise.
Banks now sent a large portion of his movable troops again into the Louisiana region west of the Mississippi.
He concentrated his forces at Brashear City, on the Atchafalaya, when, on the 10th of April,
1863. General Weitzel crossed over to Berwick without opposition, but discovered that the Confederates were in considerable force on his front, under General Richard Taylor, one of the most active of the trans-Mississippi Confederate leaders.
General Emory's division crossed on the 12th, and all moved toward Franklin, driving the foe before them until he reached Fort Bisland and his other works near Pattersonville, where he made a stand.
On the same day Banks sent General Grover with his division, on transports and four gun-boats,