o great period back the Red River continued its course to the Gulf through the Atchafalaya.
The latter stream is now mainly fed by the former, and should properly bear its name.
We found it for twelve miles a deep and navigable stream.
At Simmsport the fleet came to a landing.
The town itself does not exist, a few chimneys alone marking the former site, having been burned up by Colonel Charles Rivers Ellet, in retaliation for their having fired on his boat, the Queen of the West. Colonel John Ellet afterward visited the place with the Switzerland, during the siege of Port Hudson, when he had a severe engagement with the batteries, and finished the work of his cousin.
Two new earthworks were found in course of construction, and abundant evidences of the traffic across the stream at this point.
A short distance up the bayou, which enters at this point, were found twenty-four pontoons used for a bridge; also, portions of a raft of timber long enough to stretch across.