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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., The capture of Port Hudson. (search)
lected since the outbreak of the war, had in some places been cut by the Confederates; a large area of the country was under water; while great rafts of drift-logs added to the difficulty of navigation occasioned by the scarcity of suitable steamers and skilled pilots. Every attempt to penetrate the bayous having failed, Banks was just turning his attention to the preparations for gaining the same end by a movement from Berwick Bay by the Atchafalaya or Teche, when the news came that two of Ellet's rams, the Queen of the West and Indianola, after successfully running the batteries of Vicksburg, had been captured by the Confederates. These gun-boats must therefore be reckoned with in any movement on or beyond the Atchafalaya, while their presence above Port Hudson as a hostile force, in place of the reenforcement expected from Admiral Porter, greatly increased the anxiety Admiral Farragut had for some time felt to pass the batteries of Port Hudson with part of his fleet, control the
soon shot away her lever and escape-pipe, then cut in two her steam-pipe, filling her with scalding steam, and compelling Ellet and his crew to abandon her — she being wholly disabled and impotent — escaping on cotton-bales, and reaching the De Sotong down the river, the De Soto was run into the bank and lost her rudder; when she and her barge were scuttled and burnt; Ellet and his crew taking refuge on the Era, throwing overboard her corn. Continuing down the river, well aware that the Rebeling the Mississippi — she drawing two feet water, and the shallowest of these rivers being now good for at least thirty. Ellet, by the time she was with difficulty got off, appears to have suspected that Rebels were not the safest pilots for Nation finally opened on her had done her no harm whatever, Keeping on down, she was just in season, as we have seen, to shield Ellet and the Era from probable capture; and she now swept proudly down the river, expecting to drive all before her. After <
20, 321. Elk River, Ala., I., 213, 362. Elk River, Tenn., II., 137, 178, 342. Elk River, bridge over, near Dechard, II., 273. Elkhorn, Ark., L. 365. Elkhorn Tavern Ark. I., 358. Elkins, J. A., VII., 207. Elkins Ferry, Ark., II., 352. Ellerson's Mill, Va., I., 319, 322, 364, 366. Ellet, A. W.: I., 240; VI., 35, 69, 151, 209, 314, 316. Ellet, C., Jr. I., 223, 236, 239 seq., 240 Seq., 241, 242; death of, I., 246; VI., 35, 83, 220. Ellet, C. R., VI., 151, 220, 318. Ellet, J. A., VI., 151. Elliot, S., Jr. I., 100, III., 191; VI., 272; X., 157. Elliott, Thomas Vii., 181. Elliott, W. L.: III., 318: X., 87. Elliott Grays, Virginia Sixth Inf., VIII., 383. Elliott's Salient, Petersburg, Va. , III., 193, 195, 205. Ellis,, C. S. S., I., 356. Ellis Ford, Va., Federal court martial at VII., 181. Ellis's Bluffs, La., II., 181. Ellsworth, A. A.: IV, 148; VIII., 362. Ellsworth