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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—--the Mississippi. (search)
leave some troops in New Orleans, at Baton Rouge, and along the coast, he had only three divisions Left—about fifteen thousand strong—with which to begin the campaign; five or six gunboats were to accompany him. On the 9th and 10th of April he landed Emory's and Weitzel's divisions at Berwick City, in front of Brashear, on the other side of the Atchafalaya. During this time Grover's division, which had embarked on board three transports and the four gunboats, the Clifton, the Estella, the Calhoun, and the Arizona, was to proceed to the south side, more to the westward, and by rapid sailing occupy, between the lake and the bayou, the only line of retreat open to the troops who might have resisted the attack made in front by Banks. But in order to secure complete success this double operation should have been conducted with great speed; and Banks' army was not accustomed to rapid marches and sudden attacks. Much precious time was lost on both sides in long reconnoissances and usele