4th Fight—Twelve dogs against a strong and furious Opelousas Bull.
The political effect of the Mississippi Valley upon the Union and its policy is a story yet to be written.
A bit of old New Orleans. slavery contest set North against South, and this obscured the normal coherence and weight of the central Western States.
Perhaps the first evidence of the political influence of the valley was the intense desire of the people of the United States to occupy it; Rogers Clark in 1778 was a herald of national interest in the West.
The earliest settlers on the head-waters of the Tennessee and the Cumberland instinctively saw that their highway was the Mississippi and their gateway was New Orleans; and the annexation of Louisiana was from the first as inevitable as the plunge of the waters over Niagara.
It was not in human power to keep the eastern and the western banks of the Mississippi apart from each other; and in the cession of west Florida and Texas the
ners had begun to carry supplies to the Confederates.
Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, then in command at Fort Monroe, proposed sending a land and naval force against these forts.
It was done.
An expedition composed of eight transports and war-ships, under the command of Commodore Stringham, and bearing about 900 land-troops, under the command of General Butler, left Hampton Roads for Hatteras Inlet on Aug. 20.
On the morning of the 28th the war-ships opened their guns on the forts (Hatteras and Clark). and some of the troops were landed.
The warships of the expedition were the Minnesota (flag-ship), Pawnee, Harriet Lane, Monticello, Wabash, Cumberland, and Susquehanna.
The condition of the surf made the landing difficult, and only about 300 men got on shore.
The forts were under the command of the Confederate Maj. W. S. G. Andrews, and a small Confederate naval force, lying in Pamlico Sound, was in charge of Samuel Barron.
An assault by both arms of the service began on the 28th, and